Wentz was diagnosed with a fractured back after receiving a CT scan Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Wentz has been sent in for multiple scans since the back issue first cropped up weeks earlier, but it wasn't until Thursday that a fractured vertabrae was detected. The Eagles are still evaluating Wentz to determine whether the issue is something he can play through over the remainder of the season or if the team is better served resting the franchise signal-caller. Regardless of the Eagles' decision, Rapoport and Schefter both relay that Wentz won't require surgery to address the matter, so his availability for the offseason program wouldn't seem to be in any peril. If Philadelphia does decide to act conservatively with Wentz, Nick Foles would step into the starting role beginning with Sunday's game against the Rams.
Citing a source, Schefter relays that it's unlikely Wentz will play Sunday against the Rams, which matches what Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported a day earlier. Coach Doug Pederson has thus far been unwilling to rule Wentz out for Week 15, but the quarterback's absence from practice Wednesday and need for an MRI a day later doesn't inspire much confidence in his health. Schefter notes that Wentz received some scans on his back Wednesday that proved inconclusive, so the MRI will hopefully offer a clearer picture of his outlook for both this week and beyond. With Wentz not expected to practice again Thursday, Nick Foles will work with the first-team offense in preparation for a likely starting assignment this weekend.
Wentz (back) has yet to be ruled out for Sunday's road game against the Rams, Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reports.
A pair of sources relayed to Maaddi that no decision has been made regarding Wentz's availability for Week 15, going against a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who reported the quarterback isn't expected to play. Coach Doug Pederson touched on Wentz's health, calling his issue "a little bit of back soreness, a little tightness, so we're going to rest him today [Wednesday], continue to evaluate him and make sure he's good." In his place, Nick Foles took the lead at Wednesday's practice and would do the same Sunday in LA if Wentz ultimately is ruled out.
Wentz (back) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Rams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
During his press conference earlier Wednesday, coach Doug Pederson relayed that Wentz wouldn't take part in the team's first practice of the week but remained a possibility for Sunday. This latest report casts more doubt on Wentz's availability, with Rapoport adding that depending on how the NFC playoff picture looks after Week 15, the Eagles could be inclined to shut their franchise signal-caller down for the final two games of the regular season. The team is still gathering information regarding the extent of the back problems Wentz has endured, so official word on his status for Sunday may not come until closer to the weekend. Nick Foles would be in line for the Week 15 start if Wentz is ruled out.
Wentz is dealing with back soreness and tightness and won't participate in practice Wednesday, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.
Coach Doug Pederson characterized Wentz's absence as more of a rest day, but also was unwilling to commit fully to the quarterback suiting up Sunday against the Rams. The Eagles likely will take a day-to-day approach in evaluating Wentz this week before ultimately rendering a verdict on his status. Nick Foles will earn the first-team reps at Wednesday's practice and would draw the Week 15 starting nod if Wentz isn't able to give it a go.
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