PHILADELPHIA (94 WIP) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was a surprise addition to the injury report on Wednesday with a back injury that reportedly will cause him to miss this week's game -- and possibly all three of the Eagles' remaining games in 2018.
Super Bowl-winning backup Nick Foles would start for the Eagles against the Los Angeles Rams if Wentz is unable to go.
Earlier, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson had announced his franchise player is suffering from back pain and would miss practice.
“Carson has a little bit of back soreness, tightness,” Pederson said. “We are going to rest him today and continue to evaluate him. ... We are going to focus on today, get through today, and see where he is at the end of the day.”
Pederson did not offer much detail on when Wentz started having the pain in his back, only saying that it did not begin during the team's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Wentz was on the injury report with a back issue earlier this season prior to Weeks 7 and 8, but was only ever listed as limited. He was a full participant the rest of that week both times and enddc up playing both weeks.
Wentz completely missing the first practice of the week is far different than being limited, and Pederson not committing to Wentz is certainly eye-opening.
It is hard not to think of the potential drama that might ensue: Imagine a world where Foles goes to Los Angeles and beats the Rams, keeping the Eagles' playoff hopes alive and fixing a broken offense. There has been, and probably always will be, a portion of the fan base that wanted to stick with Foles after he won Super Bowl LII MVP last season. Even throughout this year, some fans have called for Foles to play over Wentz. If Foles were to go to Los Angeles and get a win, those fans will become more vocal.
(Of course, Foles could end up playing terrible on Sunday and the Eagles could lose. Based on the way he played in his two starts earlier this season, that is probably the likely outcome.)
There is also the potential of Wentz ending his second straight year on the bench due to injury. In an offseason when he is eligible for a new contract, that is certainly something the Eagles will have to keep in mind when negotiating.