Initial evaluations of the left knee injury Wentz sustained in Sunday’ win over the Rams didn’t reveal a complete tear of the quarterback’s ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Wentz will undergo an MRI on Monday as the Eagles look to gain more clarity regarding the severity of his injury.
The Eagles came away Sunday with a 43-35 victory, and the N.F.C. East division crown, in a game that was far closer than the final score indicated.
Wentz was hit hard on a first-down run from the Rams’ 2-yard line. He dove into the end zone, getting hit hard from both sides as he crossed the goal line, and was initially credited with a touchdown before a holding penalty negated the run. Wentz stayed on the field for four more plays, with his last pass of the game producing a 2-yard touchdown to Alshon Jeffery that briefly gave Philadelphia a lead.
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Wentz, 24, was not visibly limping, but after being evaluated in his team’s medical tent he was sent to the locker room for further testing. He was seen after the game wearing a brace on the knee.
For now, both Wentz and the Eagles are trying to focus on the positive of getting a win under difficult circumstances, while also taking at least some time to celebrate their first division title since 2013.
The win was the result of a big turnaround for Philadelphia, which appeared to be on the verge of failing to clinch a division title for a second consecutive week. Immediately after Wentz’s injury, they allowed the Rams to march 75 yards on just seven plays, and Todd Gurley’s 1-yard touchdown run allowed Los Angeles to retake the lead, 35-31.
The Eagles tacked on a touchdown in the game’s closing seconds after the Rams tried to do a series of laterals but fumbled. Brandon Graham recovered the ball and ran 25 yards for a score, but Pederson acknowledged the final score was not indicative of how close the game was, saying it was essentially a 2-point victory.
Philadelphia improved to 11-2 and will travel to face the Giants next Sunday. But Foles said that, even if he was forced into starting for the first time since Nov. 6 of last season, there was no cause for concern.
“I’m absolutely ready,” Foles said. “That’s why I’m here.”