Eagles face absence of Wentz

11 December 2017 08:45:50 EST

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcom Jenkins has told his team's defense to step up following the potential loss of Carson Wentz for the rest of the NFL season.

Quarterback Wentz has been in superb form for the Eagles in recent months, but suffered what could be a season-ending knee ligament injury against the Los Angeles Rams.

Our defense needs to step up and be the defense that we've been all year.

Malcolm Jenkins

Philadelphia, with Nick Foles stepping in for the stricken Wentz, completed a 43-35 victory to move to 11-2 at the top of NFC East, but Jenkins accepts that there will be plenty of added responsibility falling on the shoulders of the Eagles defense in the coming weeks.

He told reporters: "I think offensively, there's going to be some things that we'll probably change around, just because Nick doesn't have some of the abilities of Carson when you talk about mobility and all of that.

"(We're) going to run the ball more and rely on these great backs that we have on the team. Our defense needs to step up and be the defense that we've been all year."

Meanwhile, Foles, who completed six passes for 42 yards against the Rams, insists that he is prepared to fill the gap left by the likely long-term absence of Wentz.

He added: "I'm absolutely ready, that's why I'm here. I'm ready to go. Prepare every day, work every day so I'm ready to go if need be."

Wentz, in his second year after graduating from North Dakota State University, has thrown and NFL-leading 33 touchdown passes so far this season, four more than Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Eagles are now 11/8 to win the NFC Championship, while they are 9/4 to claim victory in Super Bowl LII, having lost in the NFL showpiece in both 1980 and 2004.

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