December 16, 2017
Eagles fans were reminded of just how cruel football can be last Sunday when Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending ACL tear.
Yes, a one-time Pro Bowler and high-quality backup will step in for Wentz, whose MVP-caliber season helped fuel the Eagles' 11-2 start to the season. And while it's time to move on and embrace another Nick Foles era, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that Wentz just finished atop all NFC players in Pro Bowl voting.
That'll hardly be enough to console some Eagles fans, including this particularly sad one, who might think the Birds' Super Bowl hopes went up in smoke with Wentz's injury.
And while he won't be suiting up on Jan. 28, it's still worth noting that Wentz's 829,174 votes were fourth among all players and second among quarterbacks to future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady (833,481).
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz also earned his first Pro Bowl nod.
The Pittsburgh Steelers' Le'Veon Bell (855,539 votes) took the popular vote, while teammate Antonio Brown (832,446) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (743,355) also finished among the top five vote-getters.
The full Pro Bowl rosters, determined by votes from fans, players and coaches, will be announced on Tuesday.
The Eagles face the hapless New York Giants on Sunday in a 1 p.m. tilt at the Meadowlands, the Birds' first game without Wentz since old friend Sam Bradford finished off a dull 7-9 campaign two seasons ago.