Carson Wentz’s Injury Shows That the NFL Has a Football Problem

The league keeps chewing up and spitting out the most compelling players.

Carson Wentz of the Eagles
Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 10, 2017. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz most likely tore his ACL in Sunday’s 43-35 road win over the Los Angeles Rams. Last month, Houston’s Deshaun Watson tore his ACL. Both Wentz and Watson were fun players, and with both of them out, it is clear that the league has a problem. According to Football Outsiders, the number of reported injuries has spiked since 2007, and there could be many other unreported injuries. Wentz was young, healthy and a budding superstar. It looked like he was going to lead a complete team to the Super Bowl. The NFL built a billion-dollar business on violence and losing the all-stars is just the natural result of the sport getting faster and the athletes hitting harder. As The Ringer writes, the NFL game is no place for humans.

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