Although the Philadelphia Eagles have already locked up the NFC East division title and assured themselves a spot in the playoffs thanks to a 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, the success came at a big cost.
Wentz has thrown a team record 33 touchdown passes this season, including one after his injury against the Rams. "Tough to replace. But you know what, the reason we went out and got Nick Foles is for reasons like this", said Pederson.
Nick Foles takes over as the starting quarterback after subbing in for Wentz on Sunday.
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"It's your job to go in there and just try to find completions and play fast because it had been awhile since I played", Foles said.
"If there's ever an opportunity for me to rally the troops as the football coach, now might be the time", Pederson said. Pederson said it appeared Wentz tore his anterior cruciate ligament before contact with two tacklers. We have been plagued with injuries all year long.
"It's so humbling to know how many people are praying for me and lifting me up and encouraging me". "You can't lose faith".
"You're talking about a guy that I work with every day and think the world of", Foles said. He also has some of the escape-artist ability that has made Wentz so successful for Philadelphia this season - a skill in stark contrast to Foles' limited mobility. They will be a heavy favorite even without Wentz.