Monday couldn’t be worse for the Philadelphia Eagles fans. Their star quarterback Carson Wentz has torn its ACL and will miss the rest of regular season and the playoffs. This was confirmed by the Eagles’ coach Doug Pederson on Monday.
Wentz was injured in the game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday and had to leave early. Before exiting the game against the Rams, Wentz had four touchdown passes and passed Sonny Jurgensen for most touchdown passes in the Eagles’ history. Sources close to the Eagles have reported that the manual test showed that Wentz had a loose ACL in his left knee, but the team hoped that MRI on Monday morning will be more encouraging. Unfortunately, the MRI just confirmed the suspicion.
The injury of their quarterback is just one of many for the Eagles this season. They previously lost special-teams captain Chris Maragos, left tackle Jason Peters, linebacker Jordan Hicks and running back Darren Sproles. Without these players, the Eagles still managed to keep themselves in the conversation for Super Bowl appearance. Now, with Wentz being out, that is hard to believe.
“If there’s ever an opportunity for me to rally the troops as the football coach, now might be the time,” – said Pederson. “You can’t lose faith. This has been a resilient football team all season long.“
Although 2017 NFL season was just his second in the league, Carson Wentz already established himself as a star. He is currently leading the league in touchdowns with 33, while passing 3,296 yards.
The Eagles’ backup quarterback, Nick Foles will step in as a starting QB, according to Pederson. After stepping in for Wentz in the game against the Rams, Foles completed 60.0 percent of his passes for 42 yards. Third-string QB Nate Sudfeld will act as a backup for Foles, while the team still decides whether they’ll add another quarterback to their roster.