There are usually not many reasons to watch a fourth preseason game, and this season is not much different.
Thanks to two broken ribs (one of which has healed), Carson Wentz is likely out Thursday in the Eagles final preseason tilt at Lincoln Financial Field. If this prognosis holds, he'll miss his final chance at live-action this season before he is relegated to the sidelines as the third quarterback.
"Just got word [that Wentz] had a CT scan done and it came back he had the two ribs [injured] there," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Monday. "So the 10th one is completely healed, the 11th one still shows about 60 percent."
Pederson went on to say that unless the rib is 100 percent healed by Thursday, Wentz will not play against the Jets, robbing NFL fans everywhere of the chance to see an epic Wentz-Christian Hackenberg battle.
"He'll continue to work," Pederson added. "He got two good workouts in last week [with] one at the stadium. [He] did a great job. He's still obviously sore from that. But he'll continue to get his rehab and continue to work. We'll just keep, day-by-day, just giving him a little more here and there."
Some other potential Eagles starters will see some playing time Thursday, in Josh Huff, Dorial Green-Beckham, Stephen Tulloch and possibly Mychal Kendricks.
"Right now I think you're looking at Huff might get a play or two here and there early in this game," Pederson said. "Plus we've got to factor in special teams too with some of this. You can't just sit everybody. Special teams becomes a big factor in what we do Thursday night. And of course DGB will get some more reps. And then we want to see the young guys on Thursday."
Kendricks, who snubbed the media after Saturday's game after lackluster play — and being left in with the second and third units — could have some more time to get himself right on defense.
"He's another one that we'd love to see again this Thursday night in a short role," the coach said. "But at the same time he hasn't played all preseason. [LB] Stephen Tulloch's another one that we need to see play. So there's an opportunity for these two to get some more reps on Thursday."