Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz speaks after season-ending ACL injury

Toni Houston
December 13, 2017

Philadelphia Eagles fans are having a hard time processing the sudden loss of starting quarterback Carson Wentz, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Sunday against the Rams.

Second-year pro Nate Sudfeld is Philadelphia's No.3 quarterback.

Wentz, a favourite in the MVP race, had an MRI on Monday that revealed the severity of the injury.

Dec 10, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Bryce Hager (54) and Los Angeles Rams linebacker Samson Ebukam (50) during the third quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Now without Wentz, the team will turn to backup Nick Foles. There is still plenty of football left to be played and this season isn't over until it's over. He was later diagnosed with a torn ACL and has now been ruled out for the rest of the season. "I said, 'If our team is good enough to do this, which I think we are, he'll do his part.' So I just tried to show confidence in Jeff, and I had confidence in him".

"He's a highly intelligent football player", Pederson said.

"Obviously, it's been a rough day for me, personally, I'm not going to lie". The Eagles have to be careful to not bring Wentz back before he's ready, because he's a young superstar who should be the foundation of that team for many years. Pederson said it appeared Wentz tore his anterior cruciate ligament before contact with two tacklers. "You never really know what's going to happen, but I didn't feel like he was going to hold us back in any way". He also has some of the escape-artist ability that has made Wentz so successful for Philadelphia this season - a skill in stark contrast to Foles' limited mobility.

"People thought our chances were gone by the wayside when Jason Peters went down too, and when Darren Sproles goes down, and all the guys I mentioned earlier", Pederson said. "You can't lose faith".

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