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Carson Wentz started dealing with back issues in Week 5

Carson Wentz endured another injury-shortened season in 2018, and it appears the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was hurting far earlier on then previously disclosed.

Wentz ultimately was declared out for the season following a Dec. 9 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14 after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back. However, Wentz reportedly started experiencing symptoms of a back injury during a Week 5 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

According to a report from ESPN’s Tim McManus, Wentz informed an Eagles teammate that discomfort in his back during the Vikings game made it difficult for him to sit down.

Wentz, however, stresses that his injury situation was handled appropriately by both himself and the Eagles.

“Were there things throughout the season—soreness and stuff? Absolutely,” Wentz said. There’s no denying some of that. But there was never, like, ‘Hey, we found out early in the year his back is broken and he’s played through it. They screwed up.’ No, that was never the case. No, when they found it, we shut it down.

“Looking back, there’s really nothing I’d do differently throughout the process other than just finding ways to cope with stress.”

Interestingly, Wentz’s name did not show up on the injury report until 10 days after the Vikings game on Oct. 17. It also merits noting that Wentz made his 2018 debut in a Sept. 23 game against the Indianapolis Colts after sitting out the Eagles’ first two games while still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in 2017.

In all, Wentz appeared in 11 games in 2018, but missed the Eagles’ final three regular-season games, as well as two playoff games, with now-departed Nick Foles playing in his stead.

Wentz is not expected to see the field during the preseason, meaning the fourth-year quarterback will not see any game action, exhibition or otherwise, until the Eagles open their 2019 campaign with a divisional showdown with the Washington Redskins on Sept. 8.

The onus will be on the 26-year-old quarterback to prove he can overcome his injury issues, especially given the Eagles signed him to a four-year, $128 million contract extension with $107 million guaranteed during the offseason.