Watch the Philadelphia Eagles sideline react to Carson Wentz’s knee injury: ‘He got to stop doing that’
Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams, 2017 NFL Week 14
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When Carson Wentz got sandwiched between a pair of defenders trying to score a touchdown Sunday, things didn’t look good for the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback.
He hit the ground immediately and wobbled back to the huddle for the news that the score in the third quarter of an eventual 43-35 win over the Los Angeles didn’t count because of a holding penalty on right tackle Lane Johnson.
Four plays later, he tossed a short touchdown pass to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, exited the game and was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. On Monday, coach Doug Pederson announced Wentz’s MVP-caliber season was over.
Thanks to a video from NFL Films’ “NFL Turning Point” series, though, we can see how the Eagles reacted to Wentz’s injury in real time.
Eagles Defense Steps Up After Losing Carson Wentz to Injury (Week 14) | NFL Turning Point
“He got hit hard,” a voice on the sideline says in the video, which was posted Wednesday. “He got hit hard.”
Running back Jay Ajayi shook his head and turned away from the field: “He got to stop doing that.” Wentz had been unafraid to sacrifice his body while improvising on the run this season and rushed for 299 yards.
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The video shows Wentz walking back to the huddle, looking toward the sideline and patting his left leg. He remained in the game, though, and somehow found Jeffery through traffic for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 31-28 lead.
The video provides a wide-angle shot of the catch that shows how Jeffery stopped his momentum to come back to the ball and make a finger-tip catch:
really neat angle of Carson Wentz’s final touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery via @NFLFilms pic.twitter.com/MaAg4715Ja
— Daniel Gallen (@danieljtgallen) December 14, 2017
While Wentz’s injury was a critical juncture in the game, “NFL Turning Point” goes on to break down the game-changing fourth quarter play where defensive end Chris Long strips Rams quarterback Jared Goff to set up kicker Jake Elliott’s go-ahead field goal with less than four minutes remaining.
Veteran Nick Foles will quarterback the Eagles, who clinched the NFC East on Sunday, down the stretch and into the playoffs. He joins a long line of Eagles backups forced into duty during important parts of the season, and he’s trying to join a short list of backup quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl.