PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 11: The Philadelphia Eagles’ firm end Zach Ertz # 86 scored a landing against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 11, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brett Carlsen / Getty Images)
Zach Ertz played a major role in the Philadelphia Eagles’ win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, but it had its price. The tight end of the Pro Bowl suffered a rib break in the first quarter.
The Eagles must defeat the New York Giants this weekend to win the NFC East. Although the expectation around the league is that Ertz will start, the coaching staff is currently unsure of their status.
According to NFL network insider Mike Garafolo, the Eagles Ertz have not yet released to play this Sunday.
“There’s a lot more to it than coping with pain,” said Garafolo. “Ribs are meant to protect things that are not as solid as ribs. Things that are softer, things that are more vital. So the Eagles will really look at that.”
Ertz may want to get through this rib injury, but the Eagles will make sure that they don’t endanger his long-term health.
Garafolo had the following to say about the injury:
From NFL Now on @nflnetwork: #Eagles TE Zach Ertz was back in the game last week, so he’ll be good against the #Giants, right? It’s not that easy. pic.twitter.com/qYThnOI1uU
– Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) December 24, 2019
Philadelphia are understaffed on the offensive, even though Zach Ertz will start on Sunday. The team does not have DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery or Nelson Agholor.
If Ertz doesn’t play this weekend, Carson Wentz will be without his favorite weapon.
Ertz leads the team in the most offensive categories with 88 receptions for 916 yards and six touchdowns.
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