Carson Wentz insists his knee injury won’t change him

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Carson Wentz reiterated he hopes to play in the 2018 season opener, and once he does get back, the Eagles quarterback insists he won’t change how he plays.

Wentz tore the LCL and the ACL in his left knee during the December 10 game against the Rams. Since his rehab began, Wentz has targeted a return for the Week 1 game.

“That is definitely my goal,” Wentz said during a Tuesday radio appearance on 94WIP, via Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advance Media. “Timetables and all those things are always such a fluid thing. Obviously can’t come out and make a declaration on anything, but my goal is to be playing in Week 1.”

Wentz isn’t certain his injury happened on his touchdown run that was negated by a penalty, or earlier in the game. But that running play is emblematic of his playing style.

He was sandwiched between Rams linebacker Mark Barron and defensive end Morgan Fox as he dove for the goal line.

“I definitely won’t change, so to speak,” Wentz said. “That has what made me successful this last season and my whole career. It is something I’ve learned since coming into the league — how to protect myself. . . . I am not going to let this change me.”

60 responses to “Carson Wentz insists his knee injury won’t change him

  1. He couldn’t even make it through his rookie year before blowing out his knee. Great potential but injury prone. Nobody has a clue how he’ll come out of it.

  2. Its alarming that they say some of the knee injury most likely occurred when he lifted off and not when he was actually hit. I wish the best for Carson. While he is on the field he should be pretty successful but how long will he be on the field? Eh
    I’m praying for the whole damn city on this one.
    Go Birds!

  3. Michael E says:
    February 13, 2018 at 8:21 pm
    He couldn’t even make it through his rookie year before blowing out his knee. Great potential but injury prone. Nobody has a clue how he’ll come out of it

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    Wentz played all 16 games his rookie year. If you’re gonna troll, you should at least know what you’re talking g about.

  4. Everyone says that, but it takes a good 2 years to be back to form (with Adrian Peterson being the exception that proves the rule). People injured early in the year have trouble coming back strong from such a knee injury. It actually worked against him to have been injured so late in the year.

  5. RG3 said the same thing. I’d hate for another young QB with potential throw away his career for ego and machismo

  6. Yes it will. Tom Brady could barely even run, let alone catch the ball without any defender near him in the Super Bowl lol — of course later on, Nick Foles/Eagles executed a similar play like a diamond lol

  7. He is young and big and tough. Physically he will probably come out of it fine. But the fact is that it should change him. He needs to be smarter and not take unnecessary hits. Big difference between playing hard and playing dumb. And he doesn’t want to watch a backup win the Super Bowl MVP again. Because I can guarantee, that changed him

  8. Don’t worry Carlson Wince…the Iggles are smarter than everyone now…and they’re gonna prove they’re the exception to the rule that you don’t fix what ain’t broke…by starting you once you’re healthy…

    What a dubious path the Iggles are heading…Before Wince’s injury, it was assumed the Iggles were having a great year because Wince was having a great year. Then a miracle occurred…Wince got injured and the truth is they didn’t even need him to win a Superbowl…that being said what exactly is the upside to forcing Wince back in the lineup? There is nowhere to go but down and how much will the Iggles have to pay once Wince’s contract is up? No team wins the Superbowl with a top paid QB! The iggles could have a cheap long term proven Superbowl MVP in their lineup, but will instead force the issue–they already lost draft picks to get this guy–now they’re gonna lose face every year they don’t win the Superbowl, which oh btw will be lot harder after Wince is making $35 mil per year…lolol

  9. “That has what made me successful this last season and my whole career. It is something I’ve learned since coming into the league — how to protect myself. . . . I am not going to let this change me.”

    RG3 said the same thing, ignorance of history is bliss

  10. A QB is only as valuable as he is available. Live to play another down, man. Protect yourself. Aaron Rodgers has all the ability in the world but hasn’t been as consistently available for GB as some of the other great QBs. The tears Philly fans had from their crushed hearts after you went down isn’t something you should subject them to. It was only redeemed because your backup had a Montana-like run thru the playoffs.

  11. The injury occurred on his cut, not the hit. You can see it in his face, he cuts, knee buckles a little, his face twists in pain, then he dives *after* the injury. That’s guts, not reckless.

  12. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    February 13, 2018 at 9:59 pm
    Don’t worry Carlson Wince…the Iggles are smarter than everyone now…and they’re gonna prove they’re the exception to the rule that you don’t fix what ain’t broke…by starting you once you’re healthy…
    What a dubious path the Iggles are heading…Before Wince’s injury, it was assumed the Iggles were having a great year because Wince was having a great year. Then a miracle occurred…Wince got injured and the truth is they didn’t even need him to win a Superbowl…that being said what exactly is the upside to forcing Wince back in the lineup? There is nowhere to go but down and how much will the Iggles have to pay once Wince’s contract is up? No team wins the Superbowl with a top paid QB! The iggles could have a cheap long term proven Superbowl MVP in their lineup, but will instead force the issue–they already lost draft picks to get this guy–now they’re gonna lose face every year they don’t win the Superbowl, which oh btw will be lot harder after Wince is making $35 mil per year…lolol
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    We’re from Philly, (bleep)in’ Philly, No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care.

  13. He’s going to have to change if he doesn’t want to find himself rehabbing one injury after another. Granted,he can make a lot of plays with his legs,but he needs to know when to let his backs and receivers make the plays.

  14. Man people are wack it’s an injury wish the man well ,this football thing is not worth becoming a rotten human being over !

  15. The injury occurred on his cut, not the hit. You can see it in his face, he cuts, knee buckles a little, his face twists in pain, then he dives *after* the injury. That’s guts, not reckless.

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    Not to mention that he stayed in the game and threw a TD pass two plays later. Baller. Eagles have the TWO best QBs in the NFC EAST.

  16. Carson gotta be Carson and keep doing what he is doing. He improved a lot in his second year – he was a great decision maker, looking off defenders, making multiple reads, moving around in the pocket, etc – if he can still throw the ball well mechanically I think the eagles will be in great shape. If he continues to progress and I think he will with Pederson, he will realize how to use his arm more effectively and get rid of the ball quickly without having to run down the field and take hits.

  17. Youknowimright says:
    February 13, 2018 at 10:14 pm
    That’s nice…..I enjoy trolling eagles fans.

    It takes a special kinda of stupid to try and troll the fans of the World Champs one week after they won the Super Bowl… We’re from Philly, (bleep)in’ Philly, No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care. E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!

  18. wallabear says:
    February 13, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    Yes it will. Tom Brady could barely even run, let alone catch the ball without any defender near him in the Super Bowl lol — of course later on, Nick Foles/Eagles executed a similar play like a diamond lol
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    Except someone in green must have laid some green on the ref that didn’t call the ILLEGAL Formation.. 2+ yards Off the line? COME ON!

  19. What do you expect him to say? Wentz needs this attitude to recover fully. I wish him well and I agree I think he will return to form next year sometime.

  20. logicalvoicesays says:

    Damaged Goods.

    The Green Doormat. Period.

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    Days since last Super Bowl win:

    Eagles: 10

    Redskins: 9,506

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    Jay gruden’s record: 28–36–1 with ZERO playoff wins

    Doug Pederson’s record: 23–12, 3-0 in the playoffs

  21. wallabear says:
    February 13, 2018 at 8:59 pm
    Yes it will. Tom Brady could barely even run, let alone catch the ball without any defender near him in the Super Bowl lol — of course later on, Nick Foles/Eagles executed a similar play like a diamond lol
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    Except whereas Brady’s play was legal we now know Foles’ Philly Special was an illegal formation that the refs mistakenly allowed.

  22. yetimonster says:
    February 13, 2018 at 10:47 pm
    The injury occurred on his cut, not the hit. You can see it in his face, he cuts, knee buckles a little, his face twists in pain, then he dives *after* the injury. That’s guts, not reckless.
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    But maybe if he hadn’t dived he’d only have a minor injury or just an ACL rather than also the LCL. And anyway you’re missing the point: because if he hadn’t tried to be a fancy risky runner in the first place he wouldn’t risk so much injury.

  23. If he wants a long career, he needs to learn to slide to protect himself. RGIII loved the physical contact, and it shortened his career. It is okay to scramble, but he has to learn to minimize contact when he runs. An extra yard or two is not worth a season ending injury. He may think he is ready to open the season, but it is more likely that he won’t be ready until November. He may miss half of the season, if not longer.

  24. Michael E Braindead says:
    February 13, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    ‘ He couldn’t even make it through his rookie year before blowing out his knee. Great potential but injury prone. Nobody has a clue how he’ll come out of it”

    Wentz played all 16 games as a rookie and was 12 games into his second season before getting hurt. Don’t let fact get in the way of dumb statements.

  25. Right on. People are so full of hate they are allowing a guy talking about overcoming his injury as a way to flame Philadelphia. To many trolls online these days and they have no class. Wish the guy well people, it is an injury and you can hate Philly all you want, but Wentz has done nothing wrong and has shown nothing but class since he came in the NFL.

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    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:

    February 14, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Man people are wack it’s an injury wish the man well ,this football thing is not worth becoming a rotten human being over !

  26. bird2urmother says:
    February 13, 2018 at 8:36 pm
    Michael E says:
    February 13, 2018 at 8:21 pm
    He couldn’t even make it through his rookie year before blowing out his knee. Great potential but injury prone. Nobody has a clue how he’ll come out of it

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    Wentz played all 16 games his rookie year. If you’re gonna troll, you should at least know what you’re talking g about.
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    If the Eagles didn’t make it to the playoffs then you would look like you know what you’re talking about. But they did, hence, his season was not over.

  27. See ya haters at the draft when with the 32nd selection of the 2018 players draft the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles select…

    And then we will sing… We’re from Philly, (bleep)in’ Philly, No One Likes Us, We Don’t Care. E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!

  28. RGIII is no comparison to Wentz. You see Wentz is a pass first QB. Down in Washington they didn’t bother to surround him with anybody.

    I love the Pats fans on here. Still can’t believe they lost. And they call us arrogant. Enjoy the Ted Sox because the Pats aren’t even making the playoffs next season.

  29. I grew up in New England so have a lot of Patriots fans on my social media. They’re STILL whining and blaming the refs and posting any article they can find to show that the Eagles didn’t earn this Super Bowl win. I thought Patriots fans were arrogant winners but you know something? They’re even worse losers. You don’t see BB or Brady taking the low road but their fans…ugly, ignorant stuff.

  30. the diff between carson and griffin is that carson knows how to play the game… runs only if need be, can read a def. all griffin did was run once his 1st read was covered and COULD NOT read a pre snap D to save his life!

  31. While he has taken too many risks, he didn’t get injured taking an unnecessary risk. He got injured on a relatively short run for a touchdown in a close game with the division and home field in the balance. Even with a more conservative approach, he would try to make plays like that, as he should.

  32. All the haters on here just want Wentz to be done because he is going to be a threat to this league for a lot of years to come. Wentz is in no way comparable to RG3 cuz Wentz can read the whole field and his ability to diagnose defenses is top notch up there with some of the greats. It might take him a bit to get back to form and all the trolls will be talking if he struggles his first couple games back but Wentz is a hard worker and will get back to form it will just take time just like everyone else coming back from a major injury.

  33. ahzroc says:
    February 14, 2018 at 11:18 am
    An NFL Truism:

    If your NFL QB runs,
    Your NFL QB will get hurt

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    How many games has Russell Wilson missed? And cam?

  34. Carson Wentz needs to protect himself more. I had him on my fantasy football team last year and every game I watched him, he made me nervous with the Hits he took.

  35. @ bird2urmother
    Too bad you know nothing about football.
    Russell Wilson got a high ankle sprain, a left MCL sprain and a concussion (hit illegally while sliding, thats what happens,
    the defender is willing to take the 15 yd penalty and the fine to knock wilson out of the game)
    Newton had a partially torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder repaired, plus he either had a concussion or a knee injury …he’s missed 3 games in 6 years, but has taken an unholy beating. Is that a good thing???

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