Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a torn ACL in his left knee and can miss the rest of the season and playoffs, coach Doug Pederson introduced Monday.
The 24-year-old Wentz, who was anticipated to be an NFL MVP candidate this season, underwent an MRI on Monday morning after struggling the knee damage in Sunday’s 43-35 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
It often takes a participant six to 9 months to get better from the required surgical procedure.
“If there’s ever a possibility for me to rally the troops because the soccer coach, now is likely to be the time,” Pederson advised reporters Monday. “You’ll be able to’t lose religion. This has been a resilient soccer workforce all season lengthy.”
Wentz was injured as he took an enormous hit on a third-quarter landing run that was known as again due to a penalty. He got here up limping after absorbing a number of hits on the run however stayed within the recreation and threw a Three-yard landing go to Alshon Jeffery 4 performs later to offer the Eagles the lead.
Pederson mentioned he believed the damage occurred proper earlier than the hit on Wentz.
“It seems watching the movie once more at present it was truly earlier than the contact so it could possibly be a non-contact deal,” Pederson mentioned. “However that is simply what it seems like on tape.”
Wentz was 23-of-41 passing for 291 yards and 4 touchdowns with one interception earlier than leaving the sport.
Nick Foles changed Wentz on the following drive for the Eagles (11-2), who clinched the NFC East title with Sunday’s victory on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for his or her first division title since 2013.
Foles, who was 6 of 10 for 42 yards after coming into the sport and main the Eagles to a pair of area targets on consecutive drives in opposition to the Rams, will now be the beginning quarterback.
The Eagles beforehand misplaced different star gamers for the season: Professional Bowl left deal with Jason Peters, return specialist/operating again Darren Sproles, linebacker Jordan Hicks and particular groups captain Chris Maragos.
“We overcame a Professional Bowl left deal with (Peters). We overcame a center linebacker (Hicks),” Pederson mentioned. “We have overcome a core particular groups participant, our kicker (Caleb Sturgis) this 12 months. That is no completely different. Yeah, he’s the quarterback of our soccer workforce and every one among these guys is hard to interchange, however the purpose we went out and acquired Nick Foles is for causes like this, for conditions like this.
“I am excited for Nick clearly. I hate it for Carson Wentz. I hate it for the profession and the season he is been having however on the identical time it has been the following man up mentality and that is how we method it this week.”
Together with his 4 touchdowns passes Sunday, Wentz now has 33 to maneuver previous Sonny Jurgensen for essentially the most TDs in a single season in franchise historical past, a report that stood since 1961. Wentz accomplished 60.2 p.c of his passes for Three,296 yards with simply seven interceptions in 13 video games this season.
The Eagles subsequent face the New York Giants this Sunday earlier than a Christmas Day recreation in opposition to the Oakland Raiders and a season finale in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 31.
Foles is 20-17 as a starter in six seasons with the Eagles, then-St. Louis Rams and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
“I am completely prepared,” Foles mentioned after Sunday’s recreation. “That is what I am right here for.”