Carson Wentz gives fans glimpse of future in Eagles' preseason opener

Toby Graves
Августа 19, 2016

Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is out indefinitely with a hairline fracture in his ribs suffered in the preseason opener.

Wentz was a controversial pick at No. 2 overall in this spring's draft.

Carson completed 12 of his passes for 89 yards but no touchdowns and one interception. "We made a decision to limit him throughout the remainder of practice and, as a precaution sent him for a CT scan after practice".

He was held out of Saturday morning's team practice with soreness in his ribs, but now it has been revealed the soreness was the result of a fracture.

"I was hoping to get him in the end zone", the coach said, "and get him a taste of what a touchdown is like in the National Football League".

This was not the start the Eagles were hoping for.

Earlier in the game, Wentz kept the ball on a read-option and was upended, landing on his helmet and back.

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It's obviously not ideal for Wentz to miss preseason games.

As he flew head over heels, Wentz had one thought: "I was anxious I was going to land on my neck". Wentz was slow to get up and was seen bending over trying to catch his breath while the play was being reviewed.

The Eagles have road preseason games at Pittsburgh on Thursday night and at Indianapolis on August 27 before returning home in the September 1 preseason finale against the New York Jets.

Pederson said after the game that it was great for Wentz to get that experience of getting tackled and absorbing hits, something that can't happen in practice because quarterbacks wear red jerseys and are thus off-limits from contact.

The plan all along was to Wentz to get little playing time this year: theoretically, Sam Bradford will be healthy and playing at a high level for 16 games and the Eagles will make a playoff run. "It was all kind of similar, just new offense, new facility, a lot of new things going on, but it's still just a football game and I had fun with it".

The injury could technically end Wentz's season just as it was starting.

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