Report: Carson Wentz Was Dealing with Back Injury as Early as Week 5 vs. Vikings

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 07:  Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz wound up making 11 appearances in 2018 before being sidelined in December due to a back injury, but it turns out he was dealing with pain nearly the entire season.

According to Tim McManus of ESPN, Wentz's back injury popped up during a Week 5 contest against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 7. McManus reported that Wentz informed a teammate during the Vikings game that the discomfort in his back made it difficult for him to sit down. 

At that point, he was just three games into his return from a torn ACL suffered in December 2017. The issue did not appear on the injury report until Oct. 17.

Wentz would go on to play through the pain while starting each of Philadelphia's next eight games. It wasn't until Week 15 that he was held out of action, when he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back. He went on to miss the Eagles' final five games of the season, including a pair of postseason contests.

He told McManus:

"Were there things throughout the season—soreness and stuff? Absolutely. There's no denying some of that. But there was never, like, 'Hey, we found out early in the year his back is broken and he's played through it. They screwed up.' No, that was never the case. No, when they found it, we shut it down.

"Looking back, there's really nothing I'd do differently throughout the process other than just finding ways to cope with stress."

The 26-year-old is not expected to play during the preseason.

Wentz finished with a career-high 69.6 completion percentage and was on pace to establish a new personal best for passing yards (3,074) before he was shut down. However, he was just 5-6 as the starter, one year after leading the Eagles to an 11-2 start en route to the NFC East crown.