Shortly after the Eagles' win over the Colts on Saturday evening, Doug Pederson said Carson Wentz had a chance to suit up for Philadelphia's preseason finale against the Jets. While the rookie quarterback hasn't officially been out for Thursday's game, Pederson now seems less optimistic.
"Carson's situation, just got word he had a CT scan done," Pederson said on Monday morning. "It came back, and he had the two [injured] ribs there. The 10th one is completely healed. The 11th one still shows about 60%. There's still some injury there with him going forward."
So will he play, then?
"If he's 60% with that rib, probably not," said the Eagles head coach.
Wentz ruled himself out while talking to Eagles reporters in the locker room on Monday.
Carson Wentz: "That's a no go for this week but I'll be ready for Week 1." Confirmed he's still a little sore.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 29, 2016
Wentz has been out of action ever since suffering a rib injury towards the end of Philadelphia's first preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 11. The team was seemingly hoping for him to return in time for the finale, but that won't happen now.
With Wentz out on Thursday, it's unclear when he'll have an opportunity to play again. Sam Bradford enters the season as Philadelphia's starting quarterback while Chase Daniel is the primary backup. Wentz will likely be inactive on game day. And even if an opportunity does arise, the rookie isn't helped by the fact he's missed valuable practice time and game action.
"Well, obviously where we are this late in the process, as far as training camp goes, it definitely hurts, from a young quarterback’s standpoint, his position to fully grasp the offense," said Pederson.
"But again, I just go back to what I see in the class room, what I see off the field, his work ethic here. Just what he knows and what he understands. The situation where it is right now, with Sam [Bradford] and Chase [Daniel], and him obviously going into the season as the third [quarterback], it doesn’t concern as much right now."
Other injury updates
Jordan Matthews is set to return to practice on Monday for the first time since suffering a knee injury on Aug. 5. Pederson said he's on track to play in Week 1 against the Browns, as expected.
Injured defensive linemen Vinny Curry and Taylor Hart are expected to play against the Browns, per Pederson.
Rookie guard Isaac Seumalo is day-to-day.
Wendell Smallwood is going through the NFL's mandatory concussion protocol.
Playing time notes
Pederson said Nelson Agholor likely won't play against the Jets. He did say Josh Huff could see a snap or two. Dorial Green-Beckham is expected to get a number of snaps.
Mychal Kendricks, who declined to speak to reporters after playing late in Philadelphia's game against the Colts, could suit up this week against the Jets. Pederson said the Eagles want to get him more snaps since he missed the first two preseason games.
The Eagles re-signed UDFA running back Cedric O'Neal. He was cut by the team last week but the Eagles need an extra runner for the fourth preseason game due to Smallwood's concussion. Philadelphia's roster now stands at 74 players.