The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their second preseason game of 2016 Thursday night at Heinz Field against the Philadelphia Eagles but unfortunately won’t get a chance to face this year’s second overall draft selection, quarterback Carson Wentz.
Wentz, who reportedly suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs in the Eagles’ preseason opener on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is expected to be sidelined for at least a few weeks. The North Dakota State product reportedly hurt his ribs on a hit to the area on his second-to-last play Thursday night. During his NFL preseason debut, Wentz was 12 of 24 passing for 89 yards with an interception.
With Wentz now sidelined, the Eagles will likely play quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel and McLeod Bethel-Thompson against the Steelers this coming Thursday night. Those three quarterbacks combined to go 6 of 12 passing for 25 yards against the Buccaneers.
Personally, I was hoping to get a chance to see Wentz play against the Steelers. Now that’s not going to happen.
The Steelers, however, will likely be without one of their four quarterbacks Thursday night due to Bruce Gradkowski injuring a hamstring Friday night against the Detroit Lions. He is expected to have an MRI on Saturday after hearing a pop while going down to the ground following a scramble.