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Berks sports surgeon explains Wentz's season-ending injury

Doctor: Recovery 'anywhere from 9 to 12 months'

EXETER TWP., Pa. - Following a devastating ACL tear, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a message for his fans on Twitter.

"If we got everything we wanted in life, it would be a disaster. I know Jesus is up there looking down and he knows what he's doing," he said.

Despite his positive outlook, Eagles nation is trying to cope with a late-season injury that could alter the course of what appeared to be a Super Bowl-bound season.

"It's disappointing, number one. It looked like it was going to be the Eagles' year," said Tim Kistler, manager of Schuylkill Valley Sports in Muhlenberg Township, where Wentz jerseys continued to sell the day after his injury.

But what could the future hold for Wentz as he begins the road to recovery? Dr. John Martin sees these types of injuries all the time at Commonwealth Orthopedic Associates in Exeter Township.

"A tear of the primary ligament that is in the center of your knee, that ligament is responsible for holding the thigh bone and the shin bone together," Martin explained.

According to Martin, you don't even need to have direct contact for the most common type of tear.

"You can tear it by direct contact, like we saw happen yesterday, and the other one is non-contact, which is much more common," he explained.

Was it a good sign that Wentz was able to walk off the field of his own accord? Not necessarily.

"He was able to bear weight, but unfortunately, that doesn't give us any long-term assurance that his injury is more severe or less severe," Martin told 69 News.

The doctor said the initial rehab steps for these injuries involve trying to return the knee to some stable range of motion, and then reconstructive surgery.

"We take a portion of the patient's knee, some tendons or ligaments around the knee, and we substitute that for the torn ligament," he explained.

And the average time table for complete recovery? Brace yourself Eagles nation.

"It's anywhere from nine to 12 months for full, unrestricted activity," he said.


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