Philadelphia is in the midst of a back-and-forth affair between NFC heavyweights, but the Eagles‘ best punch is out.
Carson Wentz exited the Eagles‘ game against the Los Angeles Rams with a left knee injury and has been ruled out, the team announced. Nick Foles will be the one to replace Wentz when Philadelphia regains possession.
Wentz capped a 15-play, 75-yard drive with a fourth-down touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery before being examined on the sideline and leaving for the locker room. Four plays earlier in that drive, Wentz scrambled and dove into the end zone for what would have been a touchdown, if not for a holding penalty on tackle Lane Johnson. During the end zone dive, Wentz was hit by two Rams defenders, including one in the legs.
Wentz looked much less mobile during the plays that followed, including on the touchdown pass to Jeffery, in which the quarterback was statuesque before throwing to the receiver through traffic for the score.
Foles, owner of a 60.5 career completion percentage and a 57-25 TD-to-INT ratio, has plenty of experience as both a starter and a backup, getting his first shot with the Eagles from 2012-2014. Coincidentally, Foles was traded to the Rams when they were in St. Louis in 2015, but lasted just 11 games. He served as Alex Smith‘s capable backup last season in Kansas City before rejoining the Eagles during the most recent offseason.