Pederson: Wentz Will ‘Probably Not’ Play Thursday
Carson Wentz will “probably not” play on Thursday in the preseason finale if his 11th rib is still only 60 percent healed, according to Doug Pederson. The Eagles’ head coach added Wentz’s CT scan revealed the rookie quarterback’s 10th rib, however, is fully recovered.
“Obviously, where we are this late in the process as far as training camp goes, it definitely hurts from a young quarterback’s standpoint in his position to fully grasp and understand the offense,” Pederson said. “But again, I just go back to see what I see in the classroom, what I see off the field — his work ethic here [and] just what he knows and what he understands. The situation where it is right now with Sam [Bradford] and Chase [Daniel] and then him obviously going into the season as the third [quarterback], it doesn’t concern me as much right now.”
Pederson also noted Jordan Matthews will practice on a limited basis Monday, and that the receiver “should be ready to go” for the regular season next week. Isaac Seumalo (pectoral) and Wendell Smallwood (concussion) will not practice to start the week, while Pederson “fully expects” Vinny Curry and Taylor Hart to be ready to play against the Browns.
When the Eagles face the Jets on Thursday in their preseason finale, Nelson Agholor will not play, but Josh Huff may have a snap or two and Dorial Green-Beckham will get more reps. On defense, Mychal Kendricks and Stephen Tulloch will also play. Cedric O’Neal will have some snaps after being resigned as well.
What Pederson doesn’t know is who will start at left guard when Allen Barbre shifts to right tackle, although he was impressed with Stefen Wisniewski’s performance against the Colts.
“Wis looked great; Wis filled in wonderfully,” Pederson said. “Got all the reps during the week. I thought the offensive line played extremely well. He’s a veteran guy [who’s] played a lot of games in this league, so he fit in really well.”