Injuries Could Lead to a Rough Start for the Defending Super Bowl ChampsAugust 14, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments
And now Nick Foles.
The Eagles are in for a rough start to the season as three of their top offensive players continue to recover from injuries. For most teams the health of their starting QB would be the most important thing to watch, but with Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles on their side, they can get away with a slow recovery for Wentz. Unfortunately, Foles isn’t 100% healthy now either.
Wentz suffered a torn ACL and LCL, ending his sophomore season early. And while he is making solid progress, recovering from a multi-ligament injury takes more time than an isolated ACL tear. Wentz finally admitted this week that he may not be ready Week 1, although that has been his goal all along. The best decision for his long-term health is to continue to slowly work him back into the offense. He should get in a few weeks of full practice participation before he is cleared to play in a game.
It’s important to note that back up QB Nick Foles is also dealing with his own injury. He missed some practice time with spasms in his neck and shoulder, and then suffered a shoulder sprain in the Eagles‘ second preseason game. He is expected to undergo scans on Friday to determine the exact nature of the injury. A mild shoulder strain would require at least 2 weeks of recovery time while a moderate strain could keep Foles out up to 5 weeks. Depending on the test results, Nate Sudfeld could be under center Week 1 against the Falcons.
Like Wentz, Alshon Jeffery shouldn’t play week 1. He underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff following the Eagles‘ Super Bowl win and is now in a race against the clock to be ready in September. The absolute shortest recovery time for this injury is 6 months, but most players take closer to 9-12 months to get back to 100%. That means even if Jeffery is cleared to play early in the season, he won’t be at his best.
Jeffery is currently on the PUP list. He could remain there to start the season, meaning he would miss the first 6 games.
Fellow wide receiver Nelson Agholor has also recently missed practice time with an undisclosed injury. He has a history of ankle sprains, so this could be related. While Agholor should be cleared to play ahead of week 1, these injuries leave the Eagles relatively thin at wide receiver.
It’s not just the Eagles passing game that will be impacted by injuries. Veteran RB Darren Sproles decided to return for one more season following a season-ending ACL tear and forearm fracture. At 35 and coming off of two serious injuries, he could have a hard time carving out an important role alongside Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement.
If Wentz and Jeffery aren’t available week 1 and Agholor and Sproles aren’t 100%, this team could be looking at a tough start to the season. But they have enough talent to make a playoff run if they get healthy by October. It’s not how they want to start the season as defending Super Bowl champs. Although if anyone can overcome these health problems, it’s the Eagles.