PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WTXF) - Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles says he is ready to step in for star quarterback Carson Wentz' following what could be a season-ending knee injury.
Wentz, a favorite in the NFL MVP race, will have an MRI on Monday to confirm the severity of the injury sustained in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams. The hometown hero left the stadium on a cart with a brace on his left leg.
“I don’t know anything until we evaluate him (Monday),” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.
Wentz was hurt late in the third quarter of Philadelphia’s 43-35 comeback win at Los Angeles . Backup Nick Foles rallied the Eagles (11-2) to a win that secured the NFC East title and put them in first place in the conference with three games remaining.
“Everyone is really excited about the win but you have your starting quarterback go down, it’s emotional,” Foles said. “It’s emotional for me. I work with him every day so I’m dealing with that.”
Foles replaced Wentz the next drive after the Rams took a 35-31 lead. He led the Eagles to a pair of field goals on consecutive drives. Second-year pro Nate Sudfeld is Philadelphia’s No. 3 quarterback.
Despite the injury, Wentz stayed in the locker room to greet teammates after the victory over the Rams (9-4).
NFC East Champs! So proud of the resiliency of this team. Such a special group of men.— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) December 11, 2017
And I greatly appreciate all the prayers! I know my God is a powerful one with a perfect plan. Time to just lean in to him and trust whatever the circumstances! #Proverbs3:5-6
“He’s one of the leaders on the team. He was there congratulating and celebrating with everyone,” Foles said.
Foles, a third-round pick by former Eagles coach Andy Reid in 2012, is in his second stint in Philadelphia. He replaced an injured Michael Vick in 2013 and led the Eagles to an NFC East title during Chip Kelly’s first season as coach. Foles tied an NFL record with seven TD passes in a game at Oakland in November 2013 and finished that season with 27 TDs and only two picks. The Eagles lost at home to New Orleans in the playoffs. Foles went to the Pro Bowl and was the offensive MVP.
But Kelly traded Foles to St. Louis for Sam Bradford after the 2014 season. Foles spent a year with the Rams, a season with the Chiefs and returned to Philadelphia as a free agent this season.
"I'm absolutely ready," Foles told the press Sunday evening. "That's why I'm here. I'm ready to go. Prepare every day, work every day, ready to go if need be. That's my job. That's why they brought me here."