Sounds like not one, but two Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks were seriously injured in the wild card game against the Seattle Seahawks.
As we well know, Carson Wentz sustained a concussion in the first quarter on Sunday afternoon.
Additionally, reports came out on Friday that Josh McCown may have got hurt even worse.
#Eagles QB Josh McCown played the second half vs. the #Seahawks with a torn hamstring, per @Tim_McManus. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 10, 2020
What’s bizarre is that both plays in which the quarterbacks became injured were pretty nondescript. Jadeveon Clowney’s hit on Wentz was not flagged, and the announcers essentially missed it. Wentz played another five plays before exiting the game.
Meanwhile, here’s a quick look at the first play that did it in for McCown. McCown himself claims that he injured his hamstring originally on this play and then made it significantly worse later in the game.
Here's where the Josh McCown torn hammy occurred. Two plays later throws the Gibson bomb for DPI. Warrior. pic.twitter.com/T2NFv7q4u5— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) January 10, 2020
McCown injured it untouched - while throwing - which is a pretty strange way to tear a hamstring, until you remember that he’s 40 years old.
What is actually a bit unbelievable is the extent of the injury. It’s not your garden-variety tear, but something with lasting impact.
#Eagles QB Josh McCown tore his hamstring off the bone vs #Seahawks. Surgery coming, as @Tim_McManus said. Sources say it’s a six-month recovery. He’ll basically be laid up for six weeks.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 10, 2020
What it likely means then is that he pulled his hamstring first, and did something later on to turn it into a complete avulsion - the tearing off of the bone. Actual avulsions are quite rare, and it is not advisable to play NFL games while nursing one.
McCown himself was pretty comedic about the whole thing. “I’ve never had any soft tissue injuries,” he said. “I never really moved fast enough to pull a hamstring. In my mind, I was like, ‘This is 40.’ I blew it not doing the TB12 method.”
The list of injured quarterbacks on the Seahawks’ 2019 schedule has grown quite substantial, but even that pales in comparison to the overwhelming and outlandish number of backup quarterbacks who have played in this, the 100th year of the NFL.