By Nick Shook
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When a young quarterback takes the field, a reliable tight end can serve as his safety blanket, and become a frequent target.
Zach Ertz played that role in Carson Wentz‘s debut, and was an important part of Philadelphia’s 29-10 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. We found out on Monday that Ertz did so with a displaced rib for much of the game.
“Happened in the first quarter on their sideline,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. …”We knew when he came off, right away, (Eagles head athletic trainer Chris) Peduzzi said he’s got a left shoulder strain … but as the game wore on, I didn’t know anything was more serious than that.”
Ertz finished with six catches for 58 yards, but will be considered week-to-week, Pederson said. The coach clarified that the displacement was not a fracture or broken bone. Cornerback Leodis McKelvinsuffered a hamstring strain and will also be considered week-to-week.
Other injury news we’re tracking on Monday:
2. Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux has a fracture in his fibula and has a time frame of six weeks, coach Sean Payton said. The team is signing B.W. Webb to a one-year deal to help fill the void, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Saints tight end Josh Hill suffered a high-ankle sprain in their 35-34 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the injury. The injury doesn’t appeared to be severe, but Hill might miss time, Rapoport added.
3. Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL. He’s out for the season. Rookie Joey Bosa was placed on the team’s active roster. He’s day-to-day with a hamstring injury.
4. Bills receiver Sammy Watkins is dealing with pain in his surgically repaired foot, but X-rays showed it is structurally sound, Rapoport reported. Watkins later confirmed this to reporters. Pain management will be the focus for Watkins and the Bills training staff in 2016.
Coach Pete Carroll said running back C.J. Prosise has a cracked bone in his hand, but it won’t keep him from playing.
Carroll also said he won’t know the status of guard Germain Ifedi (ankle) until later in the week.
15. Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a right knee injury during the second half of Monday’s game against the Redskins, according to the Steelers, and he didn’t return. However, he told reporters after the game that the injury wasn’t serious and that his knee was “fine.”