Doug Pederson stepped to the podium on Monday to confirm Eagles' fans' worst fears: Carson Wentz has a torn ACL and will be out for the rest of 2017.
The franchise quarterback injured his knee during the second half of Sunday's game against the Rams, but was able to remain in the game for the rest of the series, delivering his franchise-record 33rd touchdown pass of the season before limping into the locker room.
"We overcame an injury to our Pro Bowl left tackle, we've overcome losing a middle linebacker and a running back," Pederson told the assembled media. "This is no different. Yeah, he is the quarterback of our football team, but each one of these guys I've mentioned has been tough to replace. But we went out and got Nick Foles for a situation like this."
Pederson wouldn't comment on if there was any other damage to Wentz's knee and was still unsure as to when the quarterback would have surgery or start his rehab process.
Wentz was in the midst of a tremendous sophomore campaign that saw him break the franchise record in touchdown pass and post a quarterback rating of 101.9. In his absence, Pederson will turn the reigns over to Foles, who returned to the Eagles during the offseason after spending the past three seasons with the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.