Is the Eagles season over if Carson Wentz tore his ACL?

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If reports are true and Carson Wentz did tear his ACL in the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory over the Los Angeles Rams, is the season over?

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Los Angeles Rams and are now the NFC East champions, but at what cost?

After taking multiple bone-rattling hits throughout the game, including a particularly brutal one in the end zone, reports came out from ESPN that the team fears that their franchise quarterback, a player who has thrown the most touchdown passes in a single season of any Eagles quarterback in history, had, in fact, suffered a torn ACL.

That’s absolutely devastating.

Carson Wentz has been an absolute godsend for the Eagles this season, leading the team to a 10-2 record and serving as the emotional leader of the team. While many quarterbacks are named captains on their respective teams, few actually exhibit the traits Wentz has so far this season at the tender age of 24.

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Even though the Eagles are going to the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season, does it even matter anymore? If Wentz can’t play it’ll be exponentially more difficult for Doug Pederson‘s squad to make a deep run into the playoffs, even with an experienced backup like Nick Foles.

And speaking of Foles, no one is going to say that the once and future Eagles starter is bad per say, as the former Arizona Wildcat has played fairly well over his first six seasons in the NFL, even in his less than sterling tenure in St. Louis, but he simply isn’t Wentz. Time and time again Wentz has been all but sacked if only to pull a rabbit out of his hat and do something magical.

If Wentz does end up losing the remainder of the 2017 season to an ACL injury, one very minor bright side to the situation is that Foles will at least have three weeks to get his legs under him before the team again has to face live bullets in the playoffs, a disappointing consolation prize.

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With Foles as the starter and former Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Nate Sudfeld serving as the team’s primary backup, it’ll be incredibly interesting to see how this effects the Eagles fate moving forward. While this is a major blow, Philly has embraced the next man up mentality all season, and in this case, they will need to cling to that mantra now more than ever.