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Sources: Eagles' Wentz has fractured vertebra

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A recent CT scan on Carson Wentz's back revealed a fractured vertebra that, if allowed time to rest, would fully heal so that there would be no further expected issues, sources told ESPN.

There will be a continued evaluation of his back to determine whether continuing to play this season would worsen the injury for the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that Wentz was experiencing "soreness" and "tightness" in his back and wouldn't practice.

This isn't the first time this season that Wentz has appeared on the team's injury report because of his back. He was a limited participant on consecutive Wednesdays in late October, but Wednesday's absence marked the first time he missed a practice this season.

It was one year ago this past Monday that Wentz tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee against the Los Angeles Rams. The main storyline heading into this week was Wentz's return to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first time since the injury for a rematch against Jared Goff, who went first overall in the 2016 NFL draft, one slot ahead of Wentz.

Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will take the reins as the 6-7 Eagles try to keep their playoff hopes alive against the 11-2 Rams.

ESPN's Tim McManus contributed to this report.

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6 minutes ago, TheGreenGhost said:

Agreed.  Would be a dumb decision by Philly and and even dumber one by Wentz.

We might see the trajectory of Wentz & Darnold over the next 5 years look like an X with Sam climbing & Wentz falling. His injuries are not of the common variety bumps & bruises.

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See, long term it could be something, or it could be nothing.

You can have a chip fracture of the spinous or transverse process, which will heal and be 100% fine.   It could be on the body of the vertebra, which would be a whole different story.  Romo played through a fracture of the TVP in his back.    If the Eagles are done, no way he should play this year no matter what.

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too bad for wentz.  he needs to stay on the field.  good luck in his recovery.  but a couple of things.  this speaks for the need for a good oline.  it also speaks to those qb's who think they can somehow make plays with their feet.  a lot of these newer guys think they can scramble, almost at will.  that aint the case and eventually it catches up with the best of them.

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