- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz went down with a left knee injury during a game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
- An MRI on Monday revealed what Philly fans feared most – Wentz is officially out for the season with a torn ACL.
- Before the injury, Wentz broke the Eagles’ single-season record for most touchdowns thrown with his 33rd touchdown pass of the year.
Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz is officially out for the season with a torn ACL, an MRI revealed on Monday.
The injury appeared to occur during a tackle as Wentz was diving towards the end zone in the third quarter. Wentz’s legs got tangled between those of the defenders,. The Eagles’ quarterback was a bit slow to get up.
While Wentz would go on to finish the series after his touchdown was called back due to a holding call, after the series he spoke with trainers on the sidelines and headed to the locker room shortly thereafter.
Erin Andrews would later report from the sidelines that the injury was to Wentz’s left knee, and that he would not return to the game. She also said that while the severity of the injury was not yet known, “as I was standing back by that Eagles locker room, all that support staff that was with Carson Wentz was just shaking their heads.”
You can watch a clip of that sideline report below.
Shortly after, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that according to his sources, the Eagles were concerned that Wentz tore his left ACL. On Monday, an MRI revealed that to be the case.
MRI showed that Eagles’ QB and NFL MVP candidate Carson Wentz did tear his ACL. Wentz is our for season.
Nick Foles time.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2017
Wentz was replaced by Nick Foles, who was able to help lead an Eagles comeback in the fourth quarter to secure a crucial victory over the Los Angeles Rams, a win that will likely have huge implications for the postseason.
Still, the loss of Wentz is a brutal blow to the Eagles Super Bowl hopes. Over his 12 games of his sophomore campaign, Wentz had put together what many consider an MVP-worthy season, and just before he left the sideline he had thrown for his 33 touchdown of the season, setting a new single-season record for Eagles’ quarterbacks.
Now, the NFC playoff picture is blown wide open. The Eagles still have enough talent elsewhere on their roster to compete with the best teams in the conference, and Nick Foles has proven he can win both in past seasons and on Sunday. But without Wentz, the Eagles high-powered offense that gave Philadelphia confidence they could keep pace with whichever team they ended up facing in the playoffs, is thrown into question.
While the Eagles were the de facto best team in the NFC for some time, and a favorite to make the Super Bowl, now the conference feels truly up for grabs. The Vikings and Rams have been solid all year, and should both be able to make noise in the playoffs should they avoid an injury of similar importance. The Saints, Panthers, and Falcons should all be heartened that if they get hot at the right time, there’s nothing stopping them from winning three straight games to make the Super Bowl. And with the return of Aaron Rodgers imminent, the Packers are still threatening to remind the NFC never to count them out.
With just three games remaining in the regular season, Wentz’s injury changes the balance of power in the NFC.