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Monday News Cycle: Carson Wentz ACL tear confirmed

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After sitting on edge for 18 hours, desperate flashes of hope still flickering in the air, Philadelphia received the worst possible news. Doug Pederson announced in his press conference on Monday afternoon that Carson Wentz had indeed torn his left ACL, ruling him out for the rest of the 2017 NFL season and post-season.

It is believed (though of course, difficult if not impossible to confirm) that Carson tore his ACL when lunging into the end zone on what would eventually be a penalty-negated touchdown.

Of course, following this play, Carson stayed in the game for four more snaps, including a go-ahead touchdown to Alshon Jeffery on 4th and goal in what was undoubtedly the biggest game of his career up until this point.

This touchdown pass gave Philadelphia a 3-point lead, and despite the fact that the Rams were able to answer with one of their own, Carson’s backup and Philadelphia cult hero QB Nick Foles was able to lead Philadelphia on two FG drives to take the final lead of the contest.

Looking to the playoffs for the 2017 Eagles, Philly must win 2 of their next 3 games (@NYG, v. OAK, v. DAL) in order to secure the #1 seed in the NFC. Home-field advantage has become all the more valuable in the wake of the Wentz injury.

While Nick Foles is no Carson Wentz, he is one of the highest paid backups in the league, has starting/playoff experience, and looked comfortable and efficient in Pederson’s offense on Sunday. With a stellar offensive line (barring the health of Stefen Wisniewski, who’s day-to-day with an ankle injury) and fantastic defense, Philadelphia can likely remain competitive.

Speaking to that defense, it wasn’t all terribly news on the injury front for Philadelphia:

While it’s tough to smile at anything, it will be exciting to see how far along Sidney is mentally, as well as physically. He’s a talented young player, and Philadelphia will take any boost they can to the defense that stepped up big–and must continue to do so–moving forward.

While hope remains for this season, we must turn toward 2018 and the eventual return of Carson Wentz. His injury is 9 months removed from opening day of the 2018 NFL season, which is rather a tight timetable for an ACL injury return. A clean tear with no other proximal damage, which currently seems to be the case, will help in this regard. Of course, we must wait for the results of an uncomplicated surgery first.

Friend of the podcast Patrick Causey made a good point regarding Carson’s 2018 potential:

Given what we know of Carson Wentz’s blue-collar nature, there’s no reason to believe he’ll be anything less than a dutiful soldier during recovery. Relatively young and with no pre-existing knee injury of which to speak (to my knowledge), there is a very real path that details a speedy and full recovery.

And that, certainly, is the path for which we must all pray.

 

Ben Solak has been a football fan and film junkie for all of his life, and has the pleasure of serving as a National Scout for NDT Scouting. He also covers the Philadelphia Eagles for Bleeding Green Nation and co-hosts the Locked On Eagles podcast. Ben takes many things far too seriously, including fishing, Captain America, grammar, and Game Of Thrones.

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