Carson Wentz: No long-term issue with back

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Carson Wentz and his doctors can’t “pinpoint exactly when” his back injury happened. The medical staff discovered the fracture after the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys on Dec. 9.

The Eagles starting quarterback missed the final five games, including two in the postseason, though the Eagles kept him on the 53-player roster in hopes he would heal in time to return this season.

“We decided [for him not to play] as we discovered exactly what it was, talking to the doctors,” Wentz said Monday, via video from Dave Uram of KYWN. “I did my due diligence, got other opinions, [and decided] that it wasn’t the best idea to play. I wanted to be out there no doubt, but with the risk involved, and the way it was ultimately hindering me, was not worth it.”

Rest and rehab will heal the fracture, without Wentz needing surgery.

“I know I’ll be fine,” Wentz said. “I know once I get healed and I do this the right way long term this should be fine and not come back. That’s the positive.”

It marked the second consecutive year Wentz has failed to finish the season, allowing Nick Foles to play the part of hero. The Eagles won the Super Bowl without Wentz in 2017 and reached the divisional round this season.

Wentz tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 14 last season.

He knows he now wears the “injury-prone” label.

“Yeah, you know, I realize that’s other people’s opinions on things,” Wentz said. “I first and foremost am looking forward to hopefully putting that to rest over the next couple of years. But at the end of the day, you play this game, and you can’t control injuries. . . . So I’m going to do everything I can to avoid those. My hope and goal is to just put those doubts to rest.”

Wentz was only 5-6 as a starter this season, with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Between coming back from the knee injury and the back issue, Wentz was asked whether his injuries played a part.

“That’s a good question,” Wentz said. “It had its moments where it was frustrating, and it would hurt. But definitely not going to use that to make any excuses for missed throws or poor play at times. I don’t think, come game day, it was a factor. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to realize everyone’s playing through something during the season, little nicks and bruises and injuries here and there. But definitely wouldn’t use it as an excuse.”

44 responses to “Carson Wentz: No long-term issue with back

  1. The Eagles have a nice problem. Wentz is a stud and so is Foles. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  2. Yeah, just because he’s had 2 serious back injuries at 26 is no reason to think he has a problem.

  3. He’s young and will bounce back. The comparisons to Romo are off by a decade.

    I think Carson Wentz will prove all of those who doubt him wrong.

  4. red says:
    January 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    playoff wins –

    Wentz – 0
    Prescott – 1

    ———–

    Super Bowl rings:

    Wentz – 1
    Prescott – ZERO

  5. I doubt he will ever finish an entire season. Fragile. Eagles should trade him and get draft capital while they can.

  6. Wentz is injury prone. The talking heads all agree that he has the talent and “measureables” BUT he cannot stay healthy.
    I don’t care how “studly” ESPN, etc think a QB is, if he is always injured then he has no value to me.

  7. “red says:
    January 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    playoff wins –

    Wentz – 0
    Prescott – 1”

    I’m a cowboys fan and I’d take a 65% healthy Wentz over Dak Prescott any day of the week

  8. I remember when people said Stafford was injury prone his first couple of seasons. Kid will be fine.

  9. “Wentz is injury prone. The talking heads all agree that he has the talent and “measureables” BUT he cannot stay healthy.”

    Well, if the “talking heads” feel he’s injury prone then they should cut him now. How could he possibly take the field knowing that the Stephen A Smiths and Skip Baylesses of the world think he’s injury prone. He’s done!

  10. This reminds me of when the Chiefs let Rich Gannon go, and kept Elvis GrBac. Rich played for the Chiefs while GrBac was hurt, and was a much better qb, won more games than GrBac. GrBac was kept by the Chiefs and went on to suck for the Chiefs before moving on to Baltimore and sucking there. Rich Gannon was allowed to leave and took the Raiders to the Super Bowl. So, letting your backup go to keep your “Starting” qb does not always work out.

  11. Carson Wentz is 9-14 against teams with winning records.

    8-14 if you follow baseball rules and give Foles the W for the win against the Rams in 2017. (Wentz left with a lead, Foles had to make a comeback for the Win)

  12. Wentz is the luckiest guy in the NFL over the last two years…being injured and t/4 not able to prove himself while riding the Foles train.He doesn’t impress me when he’s healthy. Think the love affair with Eagles fans will be over by this time next yeaqr.

  13. vikingsvoice says:
    January 14, 2019 at 4:01 pm
    Backs dont get better with age.

    ———————

    This is a true statement. My back hurts. I’m old.

  14. Going back to his NDSU days… this was the third straight year he missed significant time due to injury. That is a huge concern.

  15. I love the cowboys fans comments about Prescott having more playoff wins than Wentz.

    Nick Foles, in two seasons, has as many playoff wins as the entire Cowboys organization has amassed in the last 20.

  16. Eagles wouldn’t have made it to the Super Bowl last year without Wentz. Too many injuries all around this year.

  17. Eagles wouldn’t have made it to the Super Bowl last year without Wentz.
    ***************************

    And at 5-6, they almost didn’t make it to the playoffs this year WITH him.

  18. Nick Foles is 19-11 as a starter with 62% career comp pct, 52-18 TD/INT Ratio, and a QBR of 61.
    Carson Wentz is 18-11 as a starter with 62% career comp pct,49-21 TD/INT Ratio, and a QBR of 60.
    Wentz=Foles…Foles=Wentz. Finkle is Einhorn, Einhorn is Finkle.

  19. Please send Wentz to Minnesota, Please! Philly should keep Foles! Wentz to Minnesota for whatever, he’ll never stay healthy right? Please…! The ignorance demonstrated on this site might not have a match in the universe. Wow!!?? Hell, we’ll even trade ya Cousins. So, lets make a deal?

  20. Geez, good thing the talking heads didn’t say Brees was injury proned, or Ben, or Aaron, or Newton, or Gannon, or Romo, or well you get the idea.

    All of these guys should’ve quit.

    To all those cowboy fans crowing about Dak’s 1 playoff win, how many do you have in the last 2+ decades? Oh that’s right, 1.

    Dak has potential as a game manager. That’s all he will be. And that’s fine if you put together a team like the Ravens around Dilfer, but that’s only happened once. I wouldn’t hold your breath.

  21. red says:
    January 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    playoff wins –

    Wentz – 0
    Prescott – 1
    ———–
    Super Bowl rings:
    Wentz – 1
    Prescott – ZERO

    ———————–
    Super Bowl MVP Eli 2 the rest of the NFC East ZERO

  22. I just don’t see Foles walking off. He’s an expensive insurance policy but with Wentz’s history you HAVE to have someone who can lead your team at the end of the year as this is the 2nd straight year he hasn’t been able to finish the regular season into the playoffs. He’s going to make really good money by staying in Philly and it’s better to have him and not need him, then to need him and not have him. Wentz is still on his rookie deal anyway. I feel a sense of loyalty in Foles. If Philly trades him they are insane. He is not the reason they lost. A WR who choked under pressure and flubbed a ball he is PAID TO CATCH and screwed it up. That reception was a gimme and Nick Foles was not to blame for hitting him right in the hands.

  23. grumpysal says:

    Eagles wouldn’t have made it to the Super Bowl last year without Wentz.
    ***************************

    And at 5-6, they almost didn’t make it to the playoffs this year WITH him.
    ———————————————-

    Ans, as it turns out, he was playing injured.

  24. Broncos have to have at least called about trading for Foles or Wentz.

    Also, having 250-300 lbs men running and slamming you to the ground Every week is asking for injury. Best you can do is improve strength and conditioning, adjust play design for better protection, and get rid of the ball quicker.

  25. Jason Garrett has 3 SB rings. Troy Aikman won them for him. But still he has them. And still nobody, not even Cowboy fans, cares because he never played in a SB to win them for himself. Wentz has 1 SB ring. Nick Foles won it for him. But still he has it. And of course Eagle fans think it means something even though he never played in a SB to win it for himself. He’s never even played in a playoff game

  26. Inside sources say he was benched and they called it a back injury to save face and keep his value from plummeting.

  27. red says:
    January 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    playoff wins –

    Wentz – 0
    Prescott – 1

    MVP Considerations: Wentz – 1. Prescott – not even an honorable mention. They saw his name and laughed out of the room. And then looked at each other in the hallway and did it again.

  28. “MVP Considerations: Wentz – 1. Prescott – not even an honorable mention. They saw his name and laughed out of the room. And then looked at each other in the hallway and did it again.”
    _________________

    So now MVP “considerations” are some kinda stat? And pretty sure you’re wrong but Dak couldn’t be ROY and MVP. Where is Wentz ROY award? Probably on the same shelf as his MVP consideration award?

  29. Philly fans should be freaking out. Back injuries rarely get better, especially in a violent sport like football. Wentz is only 26 and probably has a high pain tolerance, but how long will that last, especially if the team starts losing?

  30. bigblue59 says:
    January 14, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    red says:
    January 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    playoff wins –

    Wentz – 0
    Prescott – 1
    ———–
    Super Bowl rings:
    Wentz – 1
    Prescott – ZERO

    ———————–
    Super Bowl MVP Eli 2 the rest of the NFC East ZERO

    —————————

    Nick Foles, of the Eagles and in the NFC East, was the Super Bowl MVP last year, genius.

  31. it’s not about who is better many QB are better than Brady yet Brady always wins its about who fits the team and system the best . Foles fits the team and gels. Foles is like Brady. Wentz will never win . Wentz is 6-7 this year and

  32. bigblue59 says:

    Super Bowl MVP Eli 2 the rest of the NFC East ZERO

    ——————————————————–

    Somebody is forgetting the reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles !!!

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