Tight ends often serve as a security blanket for rookie quarterbacks.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie signal caller Carson Wentz will be without his top security blanket on Monday.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced on Saturday that Zach Ertz won’t be available when the team takes on the Chicago Bears. Ertz suffered a rib displacement in the Eagles’ Week 1 win over the Cleveland Browns.
The 6-foot-5 tight end caught six passes for 58 yards last week against Cleveland. He has 175 receptions and 9 touchdowns in his four-year career.
Long-time Eagles tight end Brent Celek will replace Ertz in the starting lineup. Expect TE Trey Burton to be on the field when the Eagles go with two-tight end sets on offense.
Philadelphia will also be without the services of nine-year cornerback Leodis McKelvin. McKelvin injured his hamstring in last week’s win. He had 2tackles against the Browns. The starting right corner’s absence leaves the Eagles thin in the secondary. Nolan Carroll, Jalen Mills and Ron Brooks are the only healthy corners on Philly’s roster.
Pederson said that Ertz and McKelvin are week-to-week with their injuries.