The Philadelphia Eagles have bucked the trend of starting quarterbacks working the rust off in the preseason, choosing to use intrasquad scrimmages and joint practices to help Carson Wentz build chemistry with his team. Wentz has missed the past two postseasons with injuries and the Eagles are taking no chances with his health, choosing to sit their franchise quarterback out of preseason games.
The move was smart and Eagles brass had to let out a sigh of relief after fans of the Carolina Panthers had to watch Cam Newton leave his teams game against the New England Patriots with a foot injury.
Newton was sacked twice before being taken out of the game.
For Newton, it was his first action since having offseason shoulder surgery, and if the Panthers star did suffer a foot sprain or worse, he could miss anywhere from a few weeks, to months of action depending on the severity of the injury.
If Newton misses a significant amount of time, Kyle Allen would take the reigns for a team that had playoff hopes and can’t afford for their franchise quarterback to miss any time in a loaded NFC South division. For the Eagles, they are a Super Bowl contender with Wentz under center and a meaningless game against the Ravens, who sat the bulk of their stars, could only have negative repercussion if the Birds franchise quarterback were to suffer another lower-body injury.
That won’t be the case, as Wentz and the bulk of Philadelphia’s starters will enter the September 8 matchup with the Redskins, as healthy as they’ve been in recent memory. Wentz is primed for an MVP season and ultimately more, but the preseason has shown that a season can be derailed with the slightest injury. If the Eagles run the table, avoid the injury bug and secure a place in the Super Bowl, fans can look back on Doug Pederson’s decision to sit Wentz during the 2019 training camp as the summer that ended meaningless preseason football games.