Carson Wentz tore LCL as well as ACL, but injury won’t change his playing style

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Carson Wentz spoke to reporters for the first time since his left knee injury, revealing Friday he tore the LCL as well as the ACL. While the timeline is fluid, the Eagles quarterback is confident he can return for the season opener.

“I truly believe,” Wentz said of his timetable, via Zach Berman of phillynews.com. “My goal is to be ready for Week 1. I’m going to push and do everything I can to be ready. I’m very confident in that.”

Wentz was having an MVP-type season when he was injured in Week 14 against the Rams. He isn’t sure exactly when the injury occurred, whether it was on his touchdown run that was negated by a penalty or earlier. He said he just knew something was wrong.

Just like that, his season was over.

“I 100 percent believe I’ll be back better than ever, stronger than ever, and with no looking back,” Wentz said.

Wentz won’t let the injury change his playing style, vowing to continue playing the way he plays.

“I am who I am,” he said. “Injuries happen. Injuries are not going to change me. . . . Guys want to talk, ‘Are you learning to protect yourself?’ . . . That’ll continue to grow and develop, but as far as being aggressive and the player I am, that won’t change.”

Nick Foles has replaced Wentz, and the Eagles haven’t missed a beat. While Wentz is the Eagles’ biggest cheerleader, he admits it’s not easy watching his teammates take the field without him.

“It’s tough,” Wentz said. “It hits me a little bit. . . . Then, I’m in it, because I love these guys, and I’m a part of these guys as much as anyone else. I get involved in the game, and it all goes away.”

46 responses to “Carson Wentz tore LCL as well as ACL, but injury won’t change his playing style

  1. The surgery will be successful. His recovery will be ahead of schedule. He will be 100% next season. Just like every injured player.

  2. Imagine Nick Foles winning a Super Bowl, what a fait accompli that would be. Then you can notch him right along Trent Dilfer hahaha

  3. If the guy doesn’t change his playing style, he’ll get dinged every yr. Roethlisberger was the same way – now he’s afraid of QB sneaks!

  4. It isn’t so much about changing his style. He shouldn’t do that. He just needs to be more tactful in when to take those kind of chances. For example on the play he got hurt on, he didn’t have to take that chance there. I think Wentz is smart enough to learn when to and when not to put himself at risk. I for one believe Wentz will be hard working and mentally tough enough to be back week 1 of this season.

  5. redlikethepig says:

    January 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    The surgery will be successful. His recovery will be ahead of schedule. He will be 100% next season. Just like every injured player.
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    He’ll also be in the best shape of his life in training camp.

  6. If you look at all the physical QBs that have not been afraid to run through contact over the years, they often are injured and they often have short careers. They also don’t win as many Super Bowls as the pocket passers because they end up with less chances.

    McNair and McNabb were two good examples, but there are plenty. Cam Newton has been affected by injury now too.

    Better to be available for the team than to risk injury all the time.

  7. System quarterback, right guys? Having a back up succeed and play well MUST mean it’s the system, right? I mean the eagles got to the super bowl with a their back up qb… must be the “System” i guess. Eagles probably never even need wentz. They should trade him while he still has value value.

  8. By the way, there are injured players on every playoff team each year. When was the last time we saw one, using a cane, greeting teammates as they come-off the field and being part of the in-game strategy on the bench? Uh – NEVER! That (among other things) is what makes Wentz a special player/leader.

    Where was Gronk during last year’s SB game?

  9. redlikethepig says:
    January 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    The surgery will be successful. His recovery will be ahead of schedule. He will be 100% next season. Just like every injured player.
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    Well, I know they all say that. But I heard his recovery time has been accelerated. I think it’s probably real in his case.

  10. They let quarterbacks give themselves up because they’re seen as too valuable to let linebackers and strong safeties wallop the stuffing out of them.

    Who is Wentz to argue?

  11. It’s one thing to scramble, that’s common for every QB with mobility, but it’s upon THE COACH to make sure you don’t have many designed runs for him. Once the rookie contract is up, and if his play demands that they are paying him premium money, the designed runs should probably end.

  12. So he’s saying that he’s not going to change the way he plays? Then I guess that Philly will have an injured starting QB at some point between weeks 10-16 next season as well? Sounds like a really solid plan for the team…

    On the play that he got hurt, that was a totally unnecessary chance he took and it cost him most likely the MVP and his team a possible SB win. QB’s can actually stay in the pocket and do pretty well (Brady and P Manning come to mind)

  13. Tom Brady tore his ACL standing in the pocket when a blitzing safety hit him in the knee. It’s football, anything can happen to any player at any time. He’ll be fine, or at least as much as any NFL player. Not to mention, his running ability is only about the 4th most remarkable things about CW as a player, after his ability to diagnose, his arm strength, and his leadership.

  14. RG3 had the same exact thing happen to him. The LCL ligament connects the Femur “thigh bone” to the Fibula “side bone of lower leg”. A incision is made on the lateral side of the knee to perform the LCL reconstruction. The procedure is done through an open incision and not arthroscopically. Anthony Poindexter from UVA elected to stay at UVA for his final season instead of going Pro. He suffered the same injury and was out of the NFL after 3 seasons. I remember speaking to a Orthopedic Suregon about knee injuries and the LCL. He said if given a choice of tearing either the ACL or LCL, he would always pick the ACL. I wish the best for Wentz as he was a pleasure to watch this season. But this type of injury does not fair well in the long term.

  15. Wait, so he won’t change his style, which includes taking chances. Yet, taking chances is what got him injured. That just doesn’t sound like a smart QB. Or one who will be around long.

  16. rmcnulty234 says:
    January 26, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    RG3 had the same exact thing happen to him. The LCL ligament connects the Femur “thigh bone” to the Fibula “side bone of lower leg”. A incision is made on the lateral side of the knee to perform the LCL reconstruction. The procedure is done through an open incision and not arthroscopically. Anthony Poindexter from UVA elected to stay at UVA for his final season instead of going Pro. He suffered the same injury and was out of the NFL after 3 seasons. I remember speaking to a Orthopedic Suregon about knee injuries and the LCL. He said if given a choice of tearing either the ACL or LCL, he would always pick the ACL. I wish the best for Wentz as he was a pleasure to watch this season. But this type of injury does not fair well in the long term.
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    Agreed that the injury is a bit more involved, but you can’t really compare it to RG3. Wentz is actually a QB, and has more to offer than his legs. RG3 couldn’t read a menu.

  17. There is a big difference between Wentz and RG3, Wentz can play in any offense, RG3 was more of a college QB. Wentz will be fine. Wentz also is not dependent on his mobility alone, he can be a pocket QB. You can’t tell me Wentz won’t still be mobile going forward.

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    rmcnulty234 says:

    January 26, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    RG3 had the same exact thing happen to him. The LCL ligament connects the Femur “thigh bone” to the Fibula “side bone of lower leg”. A incision is made on the lateral side of the knee to perform the LCL reconstruction. The procedure is done through an open incision and not arthroscopically. Anthony Poindexter from UVA elected to stay at UVA for his final season instead of going Pro. He suffered the same injury and was out of the NFL after 3 seasons. I remember speaking to a Orthopedic Suregon about knee injuries and the LCL. He said if given a choice of tearing either the ACL or LCL, he would always pick the ACL. I wish the best for Wentz as he was a pleasure to watch this season. But this type of injury does not fair well in the long term.

  18. I watched Carson play in almost every one of his college games at NDSU. He is not going to change his playing style, that is what makes his so dangerous. At 6’5 235 lbs he was as big or bigger than most FCS linebackers and bigger than all DB’s so he delivered as many hits as he took. He is a super smart guy and will realize he can still run all he wants but needs to slide before taking the big hits. What he wont do is stop trying to make plays like the play when he was injured.

  19. nothingbuttthetruth says:
    January 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Where was Gronk during last year’s SB game?
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    Uhh- How about standing on the sideline cheering the team on in full view of all of the cameras? Did you watch the game?

    How does a story about Carson Wentz injury become a negative comment about Gronk comment for you?

  20. That’s why we call it book smart. That “aggressive “, really foolish style increases the injury risk. Earlier in the season, he pretended to give himself up, but then decided to keep running–he is owed this one for that move. He will find himself injured often; no accident that the least athletic guy, uncle tom, never gets injured despite what Giselle says.

  21. wallabear says:
    January 26, 2018 at 2:53 pm
    Imagine Nick Foles winning a Super Bowl, what a fait accompli that would be. Then you can notch him right along Trent Dilfer hahaha

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    “fait accompli” means “done deal,” not “great accomplishment” or whatever you think it means.

    And Foles > Dilfer, whether he gets a ring next week or not.

  22. It better or he’ll have a short career. Look at past QB’s who were dual threats. It may work in college and then the pros for a while but eventually the bigger, faster pro players will give these QB’s a weekly beating. Shoulder, knee and head injuries are not uncommon.

  23. nothingbuttthetruth says:
    January 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    By the way, there are injured players on every playoff team each year. When was the last time we saw one, using a cane, greeting teammates as they come-off the field and being part of the in-game strategy on the bench? Uh – NEVER! That (among other things) is what makes Wentz a special player/leader.

    Where was Gronk during last year’s SB game?
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    He’s greeting players on the sideline? WOW! He is special, isn’t he? Does he have a tray and offer snacks like a Walmart or Costco greeter? That alone is worth millions a year. Is he in on injury consultations too? Worth another million, easily. Get his agent on the phone.

    By the way Gronk was on the sideline during last years SB. BB usually doesn’t allow inactive/injured players on the sideline.

  24. tollisonsmith says: Earlier in the season, he pretended to give himself up, but then decided to keep running–he is owed this one for that move.

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    I agree, if they are going to flag defenders for barely “Late hits” or hits just outside of bounds…. QBs should get unsportsman like conduct flags for pretending to go out of bounds, and running in for another couple of yards.

  25. Without his mobility, the Philthydelphia Football Qb will never improve beyond 2017. He will likely plateau and then will sink rapidly as his abilities to deceive will instead be turned into concrete shoes of a statue QB. This guy is an idiot. He has now squandered the only talent he had and the rest of his game will suffer.

  26. Yeah, no, he doesn’t need to come back the same, he needs to NOT RUN. Like my Duck Mariota, tall QB’s just shouldn’t be running around an NFL football game. That’s not his gig. See the field, move in the pocket, deliver the ball to your playmakers. Scramble just enough to keep the safeties honest…. at the MOST.

    Also like Mariota, who is an amazing athlete in his own right, he will break that 100-million-dollar body pronto if he starts trying to body up with NFL db’s. Remember Goff last year getting obliterated at the goal line by a a Seahawk?

    I’m a tall white guy so I can say this. Tall white guys shouldn’t be trying to run around in an NFL game. 🙂

  27. It doesn’t matter to the Eagles fan base…. although they acted like hooligans against my peops last Sunday…. they have a chance at their first Championship… I’m jealous… your team is hard nosed and well coached… good luck!

  28. Wentz had a phenomenal season. However, the timeline to get him back playing in games, sounds pretty optimistic. The recovery time is stated at 9 – 12 months and note he is recovering from operations to both his ACL and LCL. This is effectively a double whammy.
    First indicator of concern will be if Howie Roseman pays absolute top $ to quickly re-sign Nick Foles. Hope that all goes well for Wentz in his recovery because he is a future superstar.

  29. nothingbuttthetruth says:
    January 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm
    By the way, there are injured players on every playoff team each year. When was the last time we saw one, using a cane, greeting teammates as they come-off the field and being part of the in-game strategy on the bench? Uh – NEVER! That (among other things) is what makes Wentz a special player/leader.

    Where was Gronk during last year’s SB game?
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    When was the last time you saw a 24 year stud QB with a cane? Haha, should’ve stopped there.

    And Gronk was on the sideline, even though B.B. usually doesn’t allow injured players on the field.

    Good luck Carson, heal up, you’re fun to watch.

  30. Contrary to popular opinion mobile QBs don’t get hurt any more or less than pocket QB’s. ESPN did a study on this and found the greatest correlation was between sacks and injuries i.e. the more sacks the more likely to be injured. Carson needs to be a little more situationally aware of when he should run but he shouldn’t eliminate it from his game. Trying to run over defenders needs to stop.

  31. uglydingo says:
    January 27, 2018 at 3:27 am

    First indicator of concern will be if Howie Roseman pays absolute top $ to quickly re-sign Nick Foles. Hope that all goes well for Wentz in his recovery because he is a future superstar.
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    Foles is signed through next year already. They can flip him for picks and bring in another vet or keep him.

  32. He won’t be ready for week one. That’s a 8-10 month injury. Knee was completely blown out. Fantasy disaster.

  33. This is eagles best chance at winning SB. Next years schedule is brutal and Wentz will be out for beginning of season. Cowboys win NFCE if Elliott stays out of trouble

  34. flviking says:
    January 27, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    This is eagles best chance at winning SB. Next years schedule is brutal and Wentz will be out for beginning of season. Cowboys win NFCE if Elliott stays out of trouble
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    Even with elliot, the cowboys were only 5-3. It’s not like they were some great team with him playing. I think you need to be more worried about rodgers coming back and taking your division back. I think dak got exposed so teams will be crowding the line a lot more often next season. I’m sure youre just against anything eagles related at this point.

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