Head coach Doug Pederson said Monday that Zach Ertz suffered an injury in the first quarter of the win over Cleveland, and that the fourth-year tight end is week-to-week heading towards the team's Monday Night Football matchup with the Chicago Bears.
"It's on his left shoulder," Pederson said. "It's a first rib displacement."
Pederson said it happened in the first quarter. Ertz will have to be cleared before he plays, Pederson said, which means it's not a pain tolerance thing. Pederson said it could be made worse if played with before healing.
Now, the Inquirer's Jeff McLane is making it sound like the Eagles will be without Ertz on Monday.
Would expect Zach Ertz to at least miss Monday night's game vs. the Bears. Not season ending, obviously, but significant. #Eagles— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) September 12, 2016
When he spoke Monday, Pederson made it sound like he was tempering expectations for Ertz to play against the Bears. Instead of day-to-day, like the injury which kept Isaac Seumalo out of Sunday's opener, Pederson called Ertz's injury "week-to-week," which would suggest a more serious problem.
The Eagles were short tight end Trey Burton against the Browns on Sunday because of a calf strain. Pederson ran three-tight end sets in the preseason, and was expected to use those both in the run and the pass game this season. Now, it seems he won't have a chance to use them in either of the Eagles' first two games this season.
Ertz caught six passes for 58 yards in the team's Week 1 win.
[UPDATE: 3:07 PM EST] - Yeah, Ertz probably isn't playing.
There is no shot Zach Ertz plays this Monday against the Bears, per source. #Eagles— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) September 12, 2016