The Philadelphia Eagles entered their bye week undefeated through three games, and optimistic that tight end Zach Ertz would be back in action for the fifth week of the NFL season.
Prior to the game against Chicago, Zach talked with Philly.com about recuperating from the rib injury that’s sidelined him since Week 1.
Tight end Zach Ertz has not been cleared to return to practice because of a displaced rib, and all he’s waiting on is the medical staff to allow him to play.
“I’m not in a lot of pain right now,” Ertz said. “It’s just a matter of healing.”
Ertz would not disclose a timetable. He’s able to lift weights and stay in shape, but he cannot take contact.
“There’s a lot of stuff behind that rib,” Ertz said, when asked about the risk. “If it was a lower rib where the pain is now, I’d easily be able to play last week.”
This past week, Eagles head coach Doug Pedersen expressed his optimism that Zach could be back after the bye. As reported by Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com:
Pederson said he expects both Ertz and McKelvin back for Lions.
— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) September 26, 2016
Whenever he returns, Zach will be looking to build on the connection he showed with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz in the opener.