Wentz keeps feel­ings to him­self af­ter Ea­gles win with­out him

Fort McMurray Today - - SPORTS - SCHUYLER DIXON

MIN­NEAPO­LIS — Per­haps there will come a time when Car­son Wentz wants to talk about hav­ing to watch the Phil­a­del­phia Ea­gles win their first Su­per Bowl.

For the man ex­pected to be the next fran­chise quar­ter­back for the Ea­gles, it wasn’t go­ing to be the mo­ments af­ter Nick Foles led a 41-33 win over Tom Brady and the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots on Sun­day night.

Wentz said he just wanted to cel­e­brate with the Su­per Bowl MVP and the rest of his team­mates, which he did. He shared quiet con­ver­sa­tion in the locker room with owner Jef­frey Lurie be­fore tight end Brent Celek grabbed him by the shoul­ders and said, “Broth­ers for life.”

A few min­utes later, Wentz, Foles and Nate Sud­feld, the backup since Wentz’s sea­so­nend­ing knee in­jury in Week 14, hud­dled near their lock­ers and bolted out a door, headed to an area off-lim­its to re­porters.

Wentz didn’t flat-out say no when asked if he wanted to talk, and got a lit­tle testy when a re­porter tried to find out what “soon” meant. The No. 2 over­all pick in the 2016 draft smiled a lot, too, as he wan­dered the locker room.

“You just know it’s tough when you talk to him some­times,” re­ceiver Tor­rey Smith said. “It would be tough for me. He would have been the MVP of the league if he didn’t get hurt. You know that’s tough.”

Wentz, who walked gin­gerly and didn’t step into throws while mak­ing tosses along­side Foles dur­ing warmups, tore two lig­a­ments in his left knee in a win over the Los An­ge­les Rams in De­cem­ber.

Foles and the Phil­a­del­phia of­fence were up and down through three reg­u­lar-sea­son games and the play­off opener, a 15-10 win over At­lanta.

But in his fi­nal two post­sea­son games, Foles threw for 725 yards and six touch­downs, three in each game. He even caught a scor­ing pass in the Su­per Bowl.

Af­ter the Ea­gles fell be­hind for the first time in the fourth quar­ter against the Pa­tri­ots, Foles guided 14-play, 75-yard drive to what ended up be­ing the win­ning score — an 11-yard touch­down pass to tight end Zach Ertz.

When Brady’s des­per­a­tion pass hit the ground in the end zone on the fi­nal play, Wentz stormed the field along­side ev­ery­one else. And that side­line had some other key play­ers in street clothes — twotime All-pro left tackle Ja­son Peters and speedy run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les.

Oh, and Wentz held the Lom­bardi Trophy over his head dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion.

“When he went down, the foun­da­tion had been laid so strong that we weren’t usu­ally swayed by any­thing,” Ertz said. “We lost so many guys through this jour­ney. Car­son just gave us con­fi­dence ev­ery time we stepped on the field at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.”

Coach Doug Ped­er­son lauded Wentz for stay­ing en­gaged with his team­mates af­ter the in­jury. He was lead­ing the NFL with 33 touch­down passes when he got hurt and fin­ished just one be­hind league leader Rus­sell Wil­son of Seat­tle.

Wentz says he plans to be ready for the reg­u­lar sea­son in Septem­ber. If not, Foles is un­der con­tract for an­other sea­son, and the Ea­gles could get of­fers from teams look­ing for a starter af­ter what the sixth-year pro did in the play­offs.


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