Carson Wentz Injury: Eagles QB has Fractured Vertebra, Doubtful to Return for Season: Report

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Quarterback Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles is pictured during the first quarter of a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 7, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wentz and the Eagles will play the New York Giants on Thursday. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz reportedly has a fractured vertebra, which was discovered after a recent CT scan.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Wentz underwent the procedure this week after dealing with back issues. The former No. 2 overall pick is doubtful to return for the remainder of the 2018 season, although the Eagles will continue to evaluate the injury.

"A recent CT scan on Carson Wentz's back revealed a fractured vertebrae that, if allowed time to rest, would fully heal without further expected issues, sources tell ESPN. There will be a continued evaluation to determine if continuing to play this year will make injury worse," Schefter tweeted.

A recent CT scan on Carson Wentz’s back revealed a fractured vertebrae that, if allowed time to rest, would fully heal without further expected issues, sources tell ESPN. There will be a continued evaluation to determine if continuing to play this year will make injury worse.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 13, 2018

Schefter also reported that Wentz underwent a previous scan of his back on Wednesday that was inconclusive, leading to the later MRI procedure. The quarterback was still expected to miss Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams prior to his diagnosis.

"Eagles' QB Carson Wentz underwent a scan on his back Wednesday that was inconclusive and was scheduled to undergo an MRI today on his back to help diagnosis an issue that has plagued him for several weeks, per source. Wentz unlikely to play Sunday night vs. Rams," Schefter tweeted.

Eagles’ QB Carson Wentz underwent a scan on his back Wednesday that was inconclusive and was scheduled to undergo an MRI today on his back to help diagnosis an issue that has plagued him for several weeks, per source. Wentz unlikely to play Sunday night vs. Rams.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 13, 2018

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Wentz was experiencing "soreness" and "tightness" when he was excluded from practice on Wednesday. The third-year pro dealt with a previous back issue in late October, but Wednesday's injury was the first to force him to miss practice this season.

The former Pro Bowl selection was a limited participant twice on consecutive Wednesdays while dealing with his previous back injury.

Wentz experienced a season-ending ACL and LCL tear in his left knee in a game against the Rams one year ago this past Monday. The quarterback's return to the Los Angeles Coliseum for the first time since the injury, as well as facing Rams starter Jared Goff, who was selected one pick ahead of him at No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, was expected to be the main storyline for the primetime Sunday matchup.

Wentz will be replaced by Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who went 2-1 in his absence during the end of the 2017 season and 3-0 in the postseason.

Philadelphia faces a must-win scenario with three games remaining. The Eagles currently trail the Dallas Cowboys by two games for the NFC East Division lead and the Minnesota Vikings by half a game.