Report: Carson Wentz to undergo MRI on ailing back
Carson Wentz will undergo an MRI on his ailing back Thursday after a scan Wednesday proved inconclusive, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Given the uncertainty over the injury, Wentz naturally is not expected to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night.
Eagles’ QB Carson Wentz underwent a scan on his back Wednesday that was inconclusive and was scheduled to undergo an MRI today on his back to help diagnosis an issue that has plagued him for several weeks, per source. Wentz unlikely to play Sunday night vs. Rams.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 13, 2018
As noted by Schefter, Wentz has been battling his bad back for weeks, a condition Eagles head coach Doug Pederson alluded to as “soreness” and “tightness.”
Regardless of the nature of the issues — many have attributed it to the dreaded, so-called “Super Bowl Hangover” — the Eagles (6-7) could never get things on track in what has become a lost season. Wentz has posted a career-high 69.6 percent completion rate while throwing for 21 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. Yet, the Eagles have only a 5-6 record in his starts.
With the Eagles’ chances of punching a ticket for the postseason exceedingly low — presently hovering at 18 percent according to FiveThirtyEight — odds are the team will exercise caution with their franchise QB.
There’s a reasonable possibility that the Eagles could decide to sit Wentz for the balance of the season as a precaution regardless of the MRI’s outcome, with arguably the best backup quarterback in the NFL and reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles playing in his stead.