Eagles' Carson Wentz Has Bruise on Throwing Hand, Won't Miss Time with Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2019

Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson, left, and Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz meet after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Philadelphia. Seattle won 17-9. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has "a little bruise" on his throwing hand, head coach Doug Pederson told reporters Monday.

He said Wentz isn't expected to miss any time with the injury.

Wentz suffered the injury during the team's 17-9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, at one point jogging into the locker room. X-rays on his hand after the game came back negative.

Hand injury or not, the 26-year-old quarterback had one of his worst games as a professional. While he completed 33 of 45 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown, he also threw two interceptions, was sacked three times and fumbled three times, losing two of them. He also missed several open throws and appeared at times to be trying to do too much, bypassing open receivers underneath the coverage.

Granted, there were other factors at play. It was a windy day in Philadelphia, and the Eagles were without a handful of key offensive players, including wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, offensive linemen Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks, and running back Jordan Howard. That left Philly to rely on several younger, less experienced players.

While the Eagles had some success on the ground—Miles Sanders and Jay Ajayi combined for 18 runs and 79 yards—they failed to consistently win the line of scrimmage.

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Perhaps with some of those considerations in mind, Pederson defended his quarterback.

"Our issues on offense today were not about Carson Wentz," he told reporters Sunday. "Obviously, he's a part of it. This is an offensive issue. It starts with me. I've got to make my own assessment of my own performance and then we'll coach the players this week."

"He got hit early in the game and there were a couple of throws that were erratic," he added Monday. "If you remove the turnovers, it wasn't as bad as it appeared."

Of course, you can't just remove the turnovers, which consistently killed offensive momentum on a day when the defense played well. In the past two weeks, the defense has held the New England Patriots and Seahawks to 17 points apiece. Both games were losses.

Wentz took accountability for his play Sunday.

"I have to be better," he said. "I have to lead this team better. I have to protect the football better. … It starts with me. And I'm frustrated."

Despite falling to 5-6, the Eagles remain one game behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East with an easy remaining schedule that includes matchups against the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants (twice), Washington and the Cowboys in Week 16. The Eagles could conceivably run the table and return to the postseason.

But that won't happen if Wentz doesn't improve his play.

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