Eagles head coach Doug Pederson announced that prognosis to reporters. ESPN's Chris Mortenson spoke with Dr. James Andrew who said that while he wasn't speaking specifically about Wentz, a torn ACL takes 9-12 months of recovery, and being ready for the start of 2018 is no sure thing. Mortensen added:
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Dr. Andrews said he's encountered too many football players w/ torn ACLs who have unrealistic expectation, citing Adrian Peterson's remarkable recovery from ACL/MCL repair in Dec '12 to play by Sept '13. Dr. Andrews reminded Peterson was genetically unique. Exception to rule
Wentz, 24, was hurt on a third-quarter touchdown run that was called back due to a holding penalty in Sunday's win over the Los Angeles Rams. He remained in the game for the remainder of the drive and hit Alshon Jeffery on a touchdown pass before sitting out the fourth quarter.
Nick Foles replaced Wentz and helped lead a comeback effort on the way to a 43-35 win for the Eagles that clinched the NFC East.
"Everyone is really excited about the win, but you have your starting quarterback go down, it's emotional," Foles told reporters after the game. "It's emotional for me. I work with him every day, so I'm dealing with that."
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported initial tests did not reveal a complete tear of Wentz's ACL, though the team feared his season would be over. An MRI on Monday determined the full extent of his injury.
Wentz and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady were considered the favorites for MVP honors coming into the weekend. The second-year quarterback threw for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns against seven interceptions, leading the Eagles to an 11-2 start that put them in contention for the NFC's top overall seed.
Philadelphia will move forward with Foles under center. Foles, 28, was a 2013 Pro Bowler during his first run in Philly but has thrown just 69 total passes in the last two seasons.