Immediately after throwing his Philadelphia single-season franchise record 33rd touchdown pass, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz walked to the medical tent. Shortly afterward, he headed to the locker room and was ruled out with a left knee injury. He had an MRI on Monday, and the worst fears were confirmed: Wentz tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
MRI showed that Eagles’ QB and NFL MVP candidate Carson Wentz did tear his ACL. Wentz is our for season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2017
Nick Foles time.
Wentz appeared to suffer the injury a few plays earlier, when he scrambled on first-and-goal from the Rams’ 2-yard line and dove into the end zone. Though the play was called back for holding on Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson, Wentz took a shot to his knee.
Here's the hit that sent Carson Wentz to the locker room pic.twitter.com/JONGnMzNH2— sammy_usa (@caliking11) December 11, 2017
On the two plays following the hit, Wentz handed the ball off and appeared to walk with a limp. He threw an incompletion on third down before finding Eagles receiver Alshon Jeffery for a touchdown on a play where Wentz barely moved his feet in the pocket.
33rd TD pass for Wentz sets a new Eagles single-season record. It's his 4th TD of the game and came on 4th and goal, but Alshon Jeffery's effort to snatch this was unbelievable!! pic.twitter.com/xFVbGgeELJ— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) December 10, 2017
He left the game with 23 completions on 41 attempts for 291 yards with four touchdowns and one interception and a 31-28 lead. Wentz leads the league in touchdown passes and touchdown percentage.
The second-year quarterback out of North Dakota State is a frontrunner for MVP and the key to Philadelphia’s resurgent season. The Eagles are now without their most important player for their first serious shot at making a Super Bowl in 13 years. Wentz was replaced by Nick Foles, himself a former Rams quarterback on his second stint with the Eagles.
Philadelphia ultimately won the back-and-forth battle of the two NFC heavyweights, 43-35, improving to 11-2 and clinching its division in the process. The Rams drop to 9-4 and head into next week’s matchup against the Seahawks with the NFC West lead on line.
This piece was updated with additional information after publication.