Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL during Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Rams, head coach Doug Pederson confirmed on Monday.
Wentz left the game in the third quarter and did not return after taking a hard hit on a diving first-down run from Los Angeles’ 2-yard line, which was initially ruled a touchdown before a holding penalty negated the run.
The quarterback stayed on the field for the ensuing four plays, throwing a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery to give the Eagles a brief lead, before being evaluated in the team’s medical tent and sent to the locker room for further examinations.
Early reports during Sunday’s game claimed that Wentz may have torn his anterior cruciate ligament, which was dismissed by Pederson during his postgame press conference.
The coach revealed that Wentz was expected to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam on Monday.
“You’re speculating that he’s going to be out,” Pederson said during his postgame news conference. “Until I know more tomorrow on him, it’s hard to say, but listen, there’s a lot of leaders on that football team right now, and you saw it tonight.”
Wentz, who was seen wearing a brace on his knee after the game, tweeted his optimism for recovery after Sunday’s game while congratulating the Eagles on clinching a first-place finish in the NFC East division, the franchise’s first since 2013.