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Carson Wentz Officially Ruled Out vs. Rams with Back Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 03: Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass the ball against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on December 3, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles will play Sunday's game without the services of quarterback Carson Wentz

Per an official announcement from the team, Wentz has been downgraded to out against the Los Angeles Rams due to his back injury. 

Wentz had been listed as doubtful on the Eagles' injury report after not practicing all week.

Head coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Friday that Wentz has been dealing with a stress fracture in his back that has gotten worse as time has passed. 

"He has a stress injury, evolved over time and it requires no surgery," Pederson said. "[I'm not] answering any more questions about it. We're playing the Rams in two days, if you guys haven't figured this out."

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday the Eagles made no determination about putting Wentz on injured reserve, but "they won't put him at risk" to do more damage to his back. 

Wentz has had a strong 2018 season, completing a career-high 69.6 percent of his passes with 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games since returning from a torn ACL he suffered last season. 

The Eagles (6-7) face an uphill climb to get back to the playoffs with Nick Foles at quarterback. They are one loss behind the Minnesota Vikings for the final wild-card spot in the NFC with three games remaining. 

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