Eagles’ Zach Ertz cleared to play against the Seahawks
The Philadelphia Eagles are extremely shorthanded on offense but they received some great news on Saturday. Just a day before Philadelphia’s Wild Card matchup, Zach Ertz has been cleared to play against the Seattle Seahawks.
The veteran pass-catcher suffered a broken rib and lacerated kidney in the Eagles’ Week 16 bout with the Dallas Cowboys. Ertz was somehow able to finish the game as he caught four passes for 28 yards to help Philadelphia take the lead in the NFC East.
However, Ertz was unable to suit up for the Eagles in Week 17 versus the New York Giants. But after having another week to recover, Ertz has been medically cleared to play for the Eagles in the first round of the playoffs.
During the regular season, Carson Wentz’s favorite target hauled 88 receptions for 916 yards and six touchdowns. Half of his touchdowns came in the final three games of the season against the Giants and Washington Redskins.
Even though Ertz was cleared to play, it remains to be seen if he’s healthy enough for a full workload. Considering the severity of his injuries, Philadelphia should be cautious with Ertz on Sunday.
The Eagles are certainly aware of the risk of re-injury for their No. 1 receiving threat. Therefore, Dallas Goedert and Greg Ward should continue to have prominent roles despite Ertz starting versus the Seahawks.
The news of Ertz being able to play provides the Eagles with a bode of confidence heading into the postseason. There’s no doubt his presence on the field can give the players in the locker room a much-needed boost.