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Carson Wentz sits again, Ravens beat Eagles in 3rd preseason game

Yong Kim - Philadelphia Inquirer

All of the healthy Philadelphia Eagles veterans saw some action against the Baltimore Ravens in the team’s third preseason game.

Except for Carson Wentz.

The Ravens led 26-0 at halftime en route to a 26-15 victory over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday night. Wentz’s first official snap will come in the Eagles regular-season opener on Sept. 8. He has not played since Dec. 9 due to a stress fracture in his back, which forced the Eagles to shut him down for the rest of the year.

With Wentz a healthy scratch and Nate Sudfeld still out of action with a broken wrist, Cody Kessler got the start and finished 3-of-5 for 34 yards. Josh McCown, who came out of retirement to join the Eagles when Kessler suffered a concussion last week, was a lot better and tossed a pair of touchdowns, including this 20-yard beauty into the front left corner of the end zone for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. McCown was 17-of-24 for 192 yards.

Arcega-Whiteside was one of the lone bright spots for Philadelphia, hauling in eight receptions for 104 yards, including a 35-yard catch and run on a 4th-and-2. Arcega-Whiteside is known for his physicality and ability to win 50-50 balls and score touchdowns in the red zone, which we saw above, but the wheels after the catch was an encouraging sign as he continues to showcase more in his repertoire.

Wentz said Tuesday that he wasn’t worried about the lack of preseason snaps.

“I’m really not worried about it, to be honest. Every year, coming in, it’s always going to be that first hit, no matter if it’s three months off, six months off, 10 months, 12 months. It doesn’t really matter. That first hit wakes you up real quick. Then it’s football mode again.”

While Wentz didn’t see any snaps Thursday against the Ravens, he saw plenty of action against them during a pair of joint practices leading up to the game this past week.

“I think these joint practices are big. Hopefully, you can avoid more injuries and those types of things than in a preseason game and all of that. It’s really good to get another team in here and get to go against them for a couple of days, because it kind of gets monotonous going against the same defense over and over.”

The game was stopped with 11:43 remaining in the fourth quarter due to inclement weather.



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