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Eagles QB Carson Wentz Will Need Three Months to Recover From Stress Fracture

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a stress fracture in his back, coach Doug Pederson said Friday, an injury that could take about three months to heal, Tim McManus of ESPN reports.

Pederson, during a tense back-and-forth with the media, said that it’s an injury that has “evolved over time” and will not require surgery.

Wentz was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game. Pederson had said earlier Friday that he would be listed as questionable and would travel with the team to Los Angeles. However, given the estimated three-month recovery time, it seems unlikely Wentz will play the rest of the season.

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will start if Wentz can’t go.

Wentz was listed on the injury report as a limited participant with a back injury on consecutive Wednesdays in late October. Asked if the stress fracture was related to that injury, Pederson raised his voice.

“He has a stress injury, evolved over time and it requires no surgery,” Pederson said. “[I’m not] answering any more questions about it. We’re playing the Rams in two days, if you guys haven’t figured this out.”

The fracture was discovered as a result of a scan on Tuesday, according to Pederson.

“Until you do a scan, you don’t know,” he said, but added “we do a lot of testing each week on a lot of players.”

Pederson explained why he had no concern about having Wentz play while this injury was presumably getting worse.

“There were no symptoms,” Pederson said. “He was 100 percent, he practiced. He was not on the injury report for this. So yeah, I had no issue with that.”

Eagles Starting QB Carson Wentz Out for Huge Matchup Against Rams

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been officially ruled out for the team’s Week 15 matchup against the Los Angles Rams and will likely be shut down for the rest of the 2018 season according to Tim McManus of ESPN.

Wentz is dealing with a stress fracture in his back which will likely take three months to heal.

With the team’s very slim playoff hopes on the line, Philly fans are lamenting that backup Nick Foles will have to start in a must-win game on Sunday Night Football in a clear case of “what have you done for me lately.”

While Foles was ineffective in the two games he started at the beginning of this season while Wentz was still recovering from ACL surgery, he is still the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

He now gets a chance to once again save an Eagles season-and possibly earn himself a big payday on the open market this offseason by convincing the rest of the NFL that he is more than a good backup QB.

The Eagles would have to pretty much run the table to make the playoffs, which seems unlikely with back-to-back games against the Rams and the Texans, but after their magical run in 2017 it somehow still seems possible.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles Set to Return to Action for the Team Monday Night

Eagles running back Darren Sproles is expected to finally return to the field for the team’s key NFC East divisional matchup against the Redskins according to Tim McManus of ESPN.

When asked if he’ll play Monday, Sproles casually responded,”That’s the plan.” He also mentioned “we’re going to see” what his eventual role will be.

The 35-year-old has been out since Week 1 with a serious hamstring injury. It should be noted, however, that Sproles received all running back targets and 50% of Philly’s red zone rushes in his only available three quarters this season.

Much has changed since Week 1 with undrafted free agent Josh Adams gradually taking over as the No.1 running back the past few weeks. We would still expect Adams to see the bulk of the carries against the Redskins and both Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood are available.

The Eagles’ 2018 season is on the line, however, and we expect head coach Doug Pederson to pull out all the stops on MNF-likely including some specific plays designed for the shifty Sproles.

NFL Week 12 Inactives for the Giants vs Eagles

Here’s today’s inactives for the Eagles and Giants battle:

Giants

C Evan Brown
WR Jawill Davis
DT John Jenkins
QB Kyle Lauletta
CB Tony Lippett
S Kamrin Moore
DE Kerry Wynn

Eagles

LB Jordan Hicks
CB Sidney Jones
CB Avonte Maddox
CB Jalen Mills
OG Matt Pryor
RB Darren Sproles
QB Nate Sudfeld

Eagles OC Mike Groh Says Getting WR Golden Tate Involved Has Been Challenging

Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh admits that incorporating veteran wide receiver Golden Tate into the offense has been “challenging” according to Jeff LcLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Eagles acquired Tate from the Detroit Lions for a third-round pick at the trade deadline but at this point the trade is looking like a mistake, especially with the Eagles falling out of the playoff race. Despite a bye week following the trade, Tate’s career in Philadelphia has started off slowly as can be expected with wideouts changing teams and schemes in midseason.

Tate did see a bump in playing time in Week 11 against the New Orleans Saints and ended up leading the team in targets (8), catches (5), and yards (48). But the Eagles have lost both games since the trade and Tate has not yet developed chemistry with quarterback Carson Wentz. And the 30-year-old Tate is scheduled to become a free agent in March so the Eagles may see little return for their third-round pick investment. Originally a second-round pick out of Notre Dame by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, Tate has three 1,000-yard seasons on his resume with Seattle and Detroit and is still capable of playing at a high level.

Video: Eagles Embarrassed by Saints in Latest Pounding 48-7

It was a big day for the Saints and their offense, as they cruised by the defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles at home 48-7, as the Eagles were outplayed in every area in their latest setback.

Video: ESPN Chats If the Eagles Super Bowl Win Last Season Was a ‘Fluke’

Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Damien Woody discuss the Eagles’ struggles so far this season, and whether it means their championship season in 2017-2018 was a fluke.

Eagles CB Ronald Darby Done for the Season After Tearing ACL

The Eagles suffered another blow to their defense in their loss on Sunday, as cornerback Ronald Darby suffered a torn ACL according to Tim McManus of ESPN.

The injury did not look good on the field Sunday night, and coach Doug Pederson confirmed the worst on Monday morning. Already struggling at corner, the Eagles will now be without their best option for the rest of the season.

That does not bode well for the team’s fortunes as they travel to New Orleans to take on the high-flying Saints in Week 11.

And the injury could not have come at a worst time for Darby. Originally a second-round pick out of Florida State by the Buffalo Bills in 2015, the 24-year-old is on the last year of his rookie contract and is set to become a free agent in March.