The Philadelphia Eagles’ initial fears about Carson Wentz became true on Monday.
MRI results confirmed that Wentz tore his ACL in his left knee, Eagles coach Doug Pederson announced on Monday. Wentz’s injury means he is done for the remainder of the season, and that is a devastating blow for the NFC East champions.
Wentz injured his knee in the third quarter of the Eagles’ 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Many thought Wentz tore his ACL at the time of his collision in the end zone late in the third quarter. Pederson said on Monday that he believes Wentz sustained the injury before diving into the end zone, saying the team thinks it was a non-contact injury en route to the end zone.
To put insult to injury, the play was nullified because of a penalty.
Regardless of the moment, the result remains the same. The Eagles will move forward with quarterback Nick Foles.
“The reason we went out and got Nick Foles is for reasons like this and for situations like this,” Pederson said, according to the team’s official website. “I’m excited for Nick, obviously. I hate it for Carson. I hate it for the career or the season, I guess, that he’s been having. But, at the same time, it’s been the next-man-up mentality, and that’s how we’ll approach it this week.”
Wentz’s absence is debilitating for the Eagles. The second-year quarterback was having an MVP-level season. All 22 declared that he was the front-runner to win the award entering Week 14.
Philadelphia clinched the NFC East after defeating the Rams on Sunday. Yet, a somber mood permeated throughout the team because of the initial prognosis of Wentz’s injury.
Wentz exits the season leading the NFL with 33 touchdown passes.