Pederson confirms Wentz injury, won't rule QB out for Sunday

Ed Benkin
December 14, 2018 - 12:11 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Doug Pederson was finally able to confirm Carson Wentz's injury, but he was in no mood to elaborate further on his quarterback's status.

Reports have surfaced throughout the week that Wentz suffered a fracture in his back. Pederson did say Wentz is dealing with an injury, but he did not want to go into detail about how the injury first developed and how it turned into the injury Wentz is dealing with today.  

Pederson did say rest rather than surgery will result in a complete recovery.

"Here's what I can confirm," said Pederson. "He has a stress injury. This thing has evolved over time and it requires zero surgery to heal."

Pederson began fielding questions about the history of the injury and how long Wentz has been dealing with a back problem. The coach said he did not believe the details needed to be aired out in public and that it was an "in-house" decision.  

However, the questions kept coming, and an agitated Pederson lashed out with a raised voice at the media.

"He has a stress injury that's evolved over time and he requires no surgery," barked Pederson. "I'm not asking or answering any more questions about it. We're playing the Rams in two days if you guys haven't figured this out. He's listed as questionable, and that's the way it is."

The fact that Pederson is being listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Los Angeles came as a surprise. Pederson said if Wentz were to play, it would have to be a situation in which there is a 100 percent chance he could not risk further injury to his back.  

"There were no symptoms," Pederson continued. "He was 100 percent. He practiced. He was not on the injury report for this. It had no issue with that."

While Pederson said Wentz has a chance to play on Sunday, things could change if it is indeed a back fracture, which requires rest for a complete recovery.  

Pederson experienced a back injury as a player but said the injury Wentz has is different than the one he dealt with during his playing days. He again emphasized Wentz does not need, which was the best news regarding his situation.

"Mine didn't need surgery, but mine was completely different," said Pederson. "Mine was a transverse process that was broke off with some other damage back there, so two different injures. The fact that he doesn't need surgery on this is the best news that you could possibly have on anybody that has a stress fracture or a stress injury in this case."