Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs during the Philadelphia Eagles' first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night. Head coach Doug Pederson released the following statement on Wentz, who did not participate in team drills during Saturday's training camp practice.
"Carson felt some discomfort and soreness as we began this morning’s practice," said Pederson. "We decided to limit him throughout the remainder of practice and, as a precaution, sent him for a CT scan after practice. The scan revealed a hairline fracture in his ribs. We do not know an exact timetable for his return, but we hope to have him back before the end of the preseason."
Wentz's injury originally wasn't believed to be as serious as the Eagles are now making it out to be. Shortly after practice, Pederson said Wentz was expected to return on Sunday and play in this week's preseason game.
It's obviously not ideal for Wentz to miss preseason games. Not to mention valuable practice reps. This summer could be the only time of year where Wentz gets a chance to see real game action. The Eagles have shown strong commitment to Sam Bradford as their starter and Chase Daniel as the backup. Pederson has indicated Wentz will be inactive on game day to start the season.
Though the Eagles might not plan to start Wentz this year, the team is clearly high on his long-term potential. The bad news is Wentz's injury could only delay the development the Eagles hope to see from him.
For reference, here's the hit that caused Wentz's injury.