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Former Eagle Goes Off on Eagles Medical Staff (Again)

Today Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz found out results from his CT scan, and it was revealed that he is dealing with a fractured vertebrae in his back.

Wentz's injury is just another one added to a growing list of Eagles players that have suffered major injuries this season. The Carson Wentz news did spark some comments from a former Eagle.

ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho took to Twitter this afternoon to talk about Wentz and how the medical staff initially missing his injury wasn't the first time they made a misdiagnosis. Acho goes on to mention how he was misdiagnosed, and how another Eagle's injury also did not end up being what the medical staff said it was.

This isn't the first time Acho has thrown shade towards the Eagles medical staff. When the Eagles drafted Cornerback Sidney Jones in 2017, he mentioned how the Eagles medical staff wouldn't do Jones well since he was receiving from a torn achilles.

Even though it has been pointed out that the medical staff can't be fully blamed for not initially seeing Wentz's back injury, there is still a lot to question about the staff's practices this season:

  • Darren Sproles injured his hamstring in practice getting ready for Week 2. At first he was considered "week-to-week", but the medical team rarely gave any updates on his recovery. It ended up taking him two months to start practicing again before he ended up re-injuring that hamstring.

  • Sidney Jones injured him hamstring, and then it seemed like the medical staff and rushed him back to the lineup and ended up reaggrevating the injury. Now he is still playing through the injury, and is clearly not even close to 100% health.

  • Jalen Mills suffered a foot injury in London, and his injury was described as "week-to-week." Doug Pederson was expecting him to possibly play in the Monday Night game against the Redskins, but a few days later the team placed him on Injured Reserve, ending his season.

  • Nigel Bradham told reporters he broke his thumb when they were in the locker room on November 28th. He told reporters he had surgery on his thumb on November 26th. He didn't appear on the Eagles' injury report until November 29th. Maybe the Eagles were going to try to keep his injury as quiet as possible and hope no one noticed the cast on his hand?

  • Chris Maragos torn his PCL last season. He was put on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the season, and most thought he would miss the first six weeks and then return to the team. There has been absolutely no information given from the medical staff about his recovery, and if he is even going to play this year.

  • Mack Hollins is in the same boat as Maragos. He had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and missed the preseason. He was expected at first to play Week 1, and then it was announced he would miss Week 1. Soon after that, the team placed him on Injured Reserve which required him to miss the first eight weeks of the season. No information has been given for the change in course for Hollins

  • BONUS: The Eagles medical staff did not see former Long Snapper Jon Dorenbos' heart issue. He was traded to the Saints and their medical staff was able to find his issue and informed him that he would need emergency heart surgery.

With injury information usually being available for most injuries nowadays (especially since sports gambling is now legal and injury info is vital in that inudstry), the Eagles medical staff has taken a step back and have become much more secretive with what info is given to Doug Pederson and what Pederson is allowed to tell the general public. This is just one of the few reasons why this year has been so frustrating.

Even though there was some turnover in the medical staff this offseason, it seems like the team got rid of the wrong doctors, or they didn't do a good enough job of finding the staff members who needed to be dismissed. The team will need to make some changes this offseason if they want to see better progress in 2019.

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