Zach Ertz is healing well from his displaced rib, lifting weights and doing cardio, but the Philadelphia Eagles tight end is still waiting for the go-ahead from doctors to return to the field.
No. 86 met with the media Wednesday and reported that he feeling well from a pain tolerance perspective, but that he isn’t sure whether or not he’ll return for Sunday’s meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Doug Pederson provided similar information, saying that both Zach and cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) are day-to-day.
“Right now, they’re day-to-day,” Pederson said. “Both of those guys are healing fine but we’re still monitoring them to see where they’re at. It’s still going to be game time before a decision is made.”
ZE sustained a displaced rib just below his collarbone early in Week 1’s win over the Cleveland Browns. He played through it, thinking it was just a shoulder sprain. A further analysis revealed the rib displacement but no fracture, which is a very rare injury, as Dr. Arthur Bartolozzi explained in the Philadelphia Inquirer last week.
“There is little research and little reported data on the topic of first rib fracture, let alone first rib displacement,” Bartolozzi wrote. “Most articles are single case studies or clinical commentary. There is no published literature on this specific injury in NFL players…The good news for Ertz and the Eagles is that there is no report of fracture and he was not in severe pain.”
Ertz says that he won't disclose a timetable to return to football activities but is still lifting and doing cardio. #Eagles
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoPHL) September 21, 2016
Zach had six receptions for 58 yards in the 29-10 Week 1 win over the Browns. The Eagles stayed hot, moving to 2-0 with a 29-13 win over the Bears in Week 2. The team’s toughest test yet awaits on Sunday in the form of the 2-0 Pittsburgh Steelers. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field and will air on CBS.