December 10, 2017
UPDATE: As it turns out, winning the NFC East may have come at a great cost to the Philadelphia Eagles. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team fears that second-year quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL in the third quarter of Sunday's 43-35 win over the Rams.
Eagles are concerned QB Carson Wentz tore his left ACL, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2017
Carson Wentz’s ACL was loose when it was tested manually today, which is why team fears it’s torn; Wentz is scheduled to undergo an MRI in Philadelphia on Monday, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2017
Schefter isn't alone, as both Ian Rapoport and The Associated Press are also reporting that Wentz may have torn his ACL.
BREAKING: AP sources say doctors believe Eagles star Carson Wentz, an MVP favorite, has a torn ACL. He will have an MRI to confirm.— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) December 11, 2017
But Rapoport also said the Eagles aren't ready to turn the keys over to Nick Foles just yet, which may be part of the reason there hasn't been an official announcement from the team regarding the severity of Wentz's injury.
The #Eagles believe QB Carson Wentz injured his ACL today vs #Rams, but initial tests don’t definitively show a complete tear, sources say. MRI tomorrow will tell the story. They’re not giving up hope.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2017
Following the game, head coach Doug Pederson wouldn't comment on his young quarterback's injured left knee, only saying that they'll find out more tomorrow after Wentz has an MRI.
Wentz was not made available to the media after the game, but was spotted leaving the Coliseum on a cart before boarding the team bus.
Foles, who played well in relief, said Wentz was in the locker room waiting for his teammates to celebrate the win – and the NFC East title – after the game. As for his role going forward, Foles said he'll wait to see what Wentz's MRI reveals, but if he's needed, he'll be ready.
It's a nightmare scenario for Eagles fans – and it couldn't have come at a worse time. Carson Wentz's day is over after the Eagles quarterback suffered a left knee injury against the Rams.
#Eagles Injury Update: QB Carson Wentz (knee) will not return.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 11, 2017
Late in the third quarter of Sunday's game, with the Eagles trailing 28-24, Wentz appeared to score a touchdown after scrambling and diving over the goal line.
Unfortunately, the play didn't count – Lane Johnson was called for holding – but Wentz paid the price anyway.
Wentz took a shot on this touchdown that was called back. Still laboring. pic.twitter.com/7ez2e4unWM— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) December 10, 2017
Despite a noticeable limp, Wentz stayed in the game for the final few plays of the drive, which ended with a fourth-down touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery – Wentz's fourth of the game – to put the Eagles back ahead. Then, Wentz briefly went to the medical tent upon returning to the sideline. After a few minutes, he was accompanied by the training staff into the locker room and was seen walking with a towel draped over his head.
Nick Foles took over for Wentz in the fourth quarter with the Birds trailing, 35-31, following Todd Gurley's second touchdown of the day.
Stay tuned as we'll update this as any new information becomes available, but it's not looking good...
“All the support staff that was [with Carson Wentz” walked out shaking their heads.” - Erin Andrews on Wentz injury— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 11, 2017
And here's one doctor's opinion (he's the team physician for the University of Florida):
Man, looks like an LCL/posterolateral corner for Wentz. If so, will require surgery. Tough blow for him and Eagles https://t.co/qHrHje8wq4— Kevin W. Farmer, MD (@kevinfarmermd) December 11, 2017
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