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Carson Wentz suffers torn ACL against Rams in win

Carson Wentz left the field with a left knee injury toward the end of the third quarter of Eagles vs. Rams. He was replaced by backup Nick Foles. On Monday, we learned that Wentz tore his ACL.

Initial tests, reported late on Sunday, contained a small amount of optimism. The early tests didn’t show a “complete tear,” according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. If that’s the case, there might be a slight possibility for him to play, but partial tears can be just as problematic. It’s probably best not to get your hopes up at this point.

He was able to walk to the locker room under his own power. But Erin Andrews reported on the CBS broadcast that as she was standing near the locker room, all of the Eagles’ support staff “just walked out shaking their heads.”

The touchdown gave the Eagles a 31-28 lead. The Rams didn’t let that stand for long, and answered with a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Todd Gurley for the fourth lead change of the game.

Wentz went 23-of-41 for 291 yards, four touchdowns, and one pick before his injury.

What does this mean for the Eagles?
It’s potentially devastating. The Eagles held the top spot in the NFC at the time of Wentz’s injury. They clinched the NFC East with a win over 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 can rely more heavily on the NFL’s second-ranked ground attack, which is averaging 143.3 yards per game.

If there’s a 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.

Credit: SB Nation

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