Carson Wentz reportedly had previous back injury discovered in college

The Philadelphia Eagles are holding out hope that Carson Wentz will be able to return at some point as their season concludes. Wentz missed last week’s win over the Rams with a fractured vertebrae in his back. Despite this, the Eagles have not put him on injured reserve.

Not yet seen as injury prone after suffering a torn ACL as a sophomore last season, this latest piece of information from ESPN’s Tim McManus is a bit concerning.

According to the insider, Wentz suffered a stress fracture in the back during his adolescence. It was discovered during the quarterback’s redshirt freshman season with North Dakota State.

“Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a separate stress fracture in his back that was discovered while he was redshirting during his freshman year at North Dakota State,” McManus reported.

The medical report given to teams ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft Scouting Combine referred to a healed stress fracture in his back.

While an injury during adolescence is not too alarming, the idea that he’s now dealing with a second injury to his back can’t be considered great news.

Philadelphia would be smart to just sit Wentz for the remainder of the season. Fresh off a win over Los Angeles last week, Nick Foles is playing well in his stead.

Any potential run into the playoffs should include Foles starting under center. After all, he proved his worth in that role en route to winning the Super Bowl MVP last February.

Foles will start Week 16 against the Houston Texans.