Carson Wentz’s history of back problems dates back well beyond this season.
According to ESPN, which cited an unidentified league source, the Eagles quarterback had a separate stress fracture in his back that was found during his freshman season at North Dakota State.
The report stated that an injury suffered during Wentz’s adolescence had completely healed by the time he got to college and was referred to as a healed stress fracture in his back on his medical report that was distributed to teams at the combine ahead of the 2016 draft. It had no affect on his stock, as he was picked second overall and is unrelated to the back injury he is dealing with now.
Wentz’s injury first came to light last week when Eagles coach Doug Pederson revealed he would miss practice because of back spasms. A CT scan later discovered the stress fracture, ruling him out for the team’s Week 15 upset victory against the Rams. He will also sit out Week 16’s against the Texans and be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.
In the meantime, backup Nick Foles will get the start under center. He made his third appearance of the season in the 30-23 win at Los Angeles, putting on his best performance since the 2017 playoffs as he completed 24 of 31 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
The Eagles enter Week 16 action with a 7-7 record, which ranks second in the NFC East and one game behind the Cowboys.
Philadelphia is slated to host Houston at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.