If the pain of the Carson Wentz injury dawned on Philadelphia Eagles fans slowly, they aren’t alone—apparently, the quarterback had no clue how bad it was at first, either.
So unaware of the seriousness of the pain in his left leg was Wentz, that he stayed in for four more plays afterward.
With four minutes left in the fourth quarter of their Week 14 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams and Jared Goff, who was drafted one spot ahead of the Eagles QB in the 2016 draft, Wentz found the end zone on a two-yard rush.
— Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) December 11, 2017
The score was nullified by a penalty, and Wentz remained in the game, handing off to Corey Clement twice, throwing an incomplete pass, then finally connecting with Alshon Jeffery on a two-yard touchdown on fourth down.
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After backup quarterback Nick Foles entered the game to steer Philadelphia to a 43-35 victory, head coach Dough Pederson confirmed Wentz had either injured his knee on the nullified touchdown run or possibly earlier.
The quarterback was eventually diagnosed with a torn ACL.
Though playing on a bum knee isn’t exactly advisable, Wentz continues to check off the intangibles that make analysts drool—he doesn’t give up on plays, studies film every chance he gets, and apparently is undaunted by a serious injury to one of the most vulnerable and crucial parts of an athlete’s body.