Carson Wentz is optimistic about his health in the future.
The Eagles quarterback said he’s doing what he can to make sure his ailing back doesn’t give him any more issues and that through rest and rehab, he won’t need to have surgery.
“I know I’ll be fine,” Wentz told reporters Monday, via KYW Newsradio. “I know once I get healed and I do this the right way long term this should be fine and not come back. That’s the positive.”
Wentz was diagnosed with a fractured vertabra toward the end of the season, marking the second year in a row he was sidelined at the end of the year and into the postseason with an injury.
Once again, backup quarterback Nick Foles stepped up as the hero, but the Eagles’ chances of becoming repeat Super Bowl winners ended Sunday when they lost to the Saints, 20-14.
Wentz said the option of him playing through the season was presented, but ultimately it was decided he should remain sidelined to prevent further injury.
“We decided [for me not to play] as we discovered exactly what it was, talking to the doctors,” Wentz said. “I did my due diligence, got other opinions, [and decided] that it wasn’t the best idea to play. I wanted to be out there no doubt, but with the risk involved, and the way it was ultimately hindering me, was not worth it.”
With Wentz missing the postseason again, he said he knew he was getting the label as injury riddled, which is something he wants to nip in the bud in the future.
“Yeah, you know, I realize that’s other people’s opinions on things,” Wentz said. “I first and foremost am looking forward to hopefully putting that to rest over the next couple of years. But at the end of the day, you play this game, and you can’t control injuries. … So I’m going to do everything I can to avoid those. My hope and goal is to just put those doubts to rest.”