In a technical formality Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles officially declared quarterback Carson Wentz “out” for their Sunday divisional playoff matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
Wentz sustained a stress injury in his back on Dec. 9 against the Dallas Cowboys and has not played since — sitting out the Eagles’ final three regular-season games and their 16-15 wild-card win over the Chicago Bears last weekend.
The team has not placed Wentz on injured reserve, leading to the need to declare him inactive each week.
Nick Foles, who led the Eagles to the Super Bowl title last year as Wentz sat out the playoffs due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, has thrived in Wentz’s absence again over the past month.
Foles led Philadelphia to wins over the Los Angeles Rams, the Houston Texans and the Washington Redskins to close out the regular season and lift the team into the playoffs at 9-7. He then guided the Eagles on the winning drive Sunday at Chicago, hitting Golden Tate for a 2-yard touchdown with 56 seconds left.
The Eagles hung on for the win when they tipped the Bears’ last-second field goal attempt and the ball hit an upright and the crossbar before bouncing back onto the field of play.
In 11 games this season, Wentz completed 69.6 percent of his passes for 3,074 yards and 21 touchdowns with seven interceptions.
Philadelphia listed six injured players as questionable for the game at New Orleans: defensive end Michael Bennett (foot), wide receiver Shelton Gibson (hamstring), wide receiver Mike Wallace (ankle), linebacker D.J. Alexander (hamstring), left tackle Jason Peters (quadriceps) and cornerback Sidney Jones (hamstring).
–Field Level Media