Carson Wentz’s NFL career hasn’t gotten off to an ideal start. The Eagles rookie quarterback might miss the rest of the preseason after sustaining a hairline fracture in his ribs, the team announced Saturday afternoon.
“Carson felt some discomfort and soreness as we began this morning’s practice,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “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 occurred during Philadelphia’s preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the injury occurred on the penultimate play of the game. Wentz was inconsistent during his NFL debut, completing 12-of-24 passes for 89 yards with one interception.
The Eagles traded up to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to select Wentz, but the plan appears to be for Sam Bradford to begin the season as the starter. The Eagles also signed Chase Daniel to a hefty three-year deal worth $21 million, making Daniel one of the league’s highest-paid backups.
After this unfortunate injury, it appears Wentz will start the season as Philadelphia’s third-string quarterback.