Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Thrill of victory, agony of injuries

Call it the thrill of victory - and the agony of the feet ... er, knee, and ankle.

The Eagles stand atop the NFL after their convincing 34-24 win over NFC East rival Washington in front of a national Monday Night Football TV audience.

For the second straight week, they are the top-ranked team in the Associated Press Pro32 NFL Poll.

But that big win Monday night came with a high cost.

The Eagles have lost two crucial players - one on the offense and one on the defense.

All-Pro left offensive tackle Jason Peters will be lost for the season after tearing both the ACL and MCL in his right knee when it got rolled up on during a play Monday night. Funny thing about the knee. It is meant to forward and backward, not necessarily to the side, especially when you weight 350 pounds and another 300-pounder collapses the knee from the side.

The Birds also will be without middle linebacker Jordan Hicks, who apparently blew up an Achilles tendon when he caught his foot in the Linc turf.

It continues a nasty streak of injuries that has already cost the team the services of running back Darren Sproles, key corner Ronald Darby and special teams ace Chris Maragos.

All of this has been eclipsed by the spectacular play of quarterback Carson Wentz.

The second-year QB has put the team on his back.

That will be even more so now.

Columnist Jack McCaffery shines a spotlight on just how good Wentz has been.

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