Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz Knee Injury A Serious Blow

Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Carson Wentz left Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams in the third quarter with a potentially devastating knee injury and did not return.

Carson Wentz got hurt while diving for the goal line on a touchdown scramble that was eventually overturned by penalty. He was hit by two Rams while diving for the end zone and his knee bend awkwardly on the play.  He stayed in the game for the Philadelphia Eagles, handing the ball off twice to rookie running back Chris Clement, and threw a touchdown pass to receiver Alshon Jeffery with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter.

As he walked off the field, Wentz was limping badly and knew something was wrong. He left the field with trainers after being examined on the sideline. After spending time in the medical tent, he walked into the locker room under his own power with a towel over his head. It is being reported that the Eagles fear that it is a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and he will be going for an MRI to confirm.

Wentz was 23 of 41 for 291 yards, four touchdowns and one interception when he left the game. The Eagles held a 31-28 lead when he left. Backup quarterback Nick Foles replaced Wentz.

Wentz’s injury, if serious, is potentially devastating to the Eagles. Philadelphia held the top spot in the NFC at the time of Wentz’s injury. They can clinch the NFC East with a win or tie against the Rams. But that’s a lot more challenging with Foles in the game.

Wentz’s play has landed his name firmly in the MVP discussion in his second season. He’s thrown for 3,005 yards with 29 touchdowns against just six interceptions. The Eagles are tied with the Rams at No. 1 for points per game under Wentz.

It changes their playbook if Wentz is out too. His ability to run outside the pocket has been an important part of their game plans, so without him, it takes those plays off the table. Foles is a definite downgrade. He lacks Wentz’s mobility and awareness to extend plays with his legs. The Eagles also can rely more heavily on the NFL’s second-ranked ground attack, which is averaging 143.3 yards per game.

If there’s another bright spot, it’s that the Eagles don’t have the toughest schedule the rest of the way. They face the Giants, Raiders, and Cowboys. Only the 7-6 Cowboys have a winning record. But if Wentz is seriously injured, it’s a terrible blow to the playoff hopes of a team that has looked like a Super Bowl contender throughout the season.

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