Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs in his preseason debut with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced on Saturday.
Wentz was the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft Lance Dunbar Jersey but isn’t expected to be the starter for the Eagles as long as Sam Bradford is still at the top of the depth chart. Wentz is currently third on the depth chart behind Bradford and Chase Daniel but will now miss time due to the rib injury.
His playing career ended and he came back to Pittsburgh in a different role, as an assistant coach. The move back to Pittsburgh also marked another important beginning for Dungy.
“Coming back to Pittsburgh was the beginning of my coaching journey, but there was another blessing in store for me — meeting my beautiful wife, Lauren,” Dungy said. “There’s no way I’d be here tonight without her.”
He was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, and Larry Allen Jersey leaving Pittsburgh was a disappointment, but Dungy said it turned into a blessing. Dungy commended former 49ers owner and fellow Class of 2016 inductee Eddie DeBartolo Jr., who did everything in “a first class and family way.”
Serving as the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings under the late Dennis Green was a formative experience for Dungy. Green prepared Dungy for the challenges of being a head coach.
“Denny went out of his way to teach me the responsibilities of being a head coach,” Dungy said. “He taught me about things on and off the field. He did it because he wanted to see me become a head coach, and he wanted me to be prepared and be ready when that opportunity came, and I love him for that.”
But Green didn’t just prepare Dungy on the field. Green emphasized work-life balance, and made sure his assistants had time to be fathers and husbands as well as coaches. He showed Dungy that he could maintain that balance and still win football games.
“I really wish I could thank him one more time tonight for everything he did,” Dungy said.
Harrison thanked former teammates Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James and Reggie Wayne, and he thanked Colts fans for never booing him and always supporting him. As a Philadelphia native, the unwavering support of Colts fans was a pleasant surprise.
“If you get the coin toss wrong in Philadelphia, they want to trade you first thing Monday morning,” Harrison said. “I wasn’t used to that in Indianapolis.”
Harrison said that retirement was an easy decision for him for one reason — his sons.