Carson Wentz Has ‘No Ill Will’ Towards Jadeveon Clowney


The Eagles are reportedly one of five teams interested in signing defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the same guy who knocked Carson Wentz out of last season's playoff game against the Seahawks. 

Wentz says he has no ill will towards Clowney. 

"(Laughs) I don't want to get into the speculation," Wentz told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Friday when asked if he felt the hit was dirty.

"At the end of the day, whether there was a flag thrown or a fine, I was still knocked out. I was still coming out of the game, I still wasn't able to finish. So to me, I don't know if 15-yards would have made a ton of difference anyway. I don't think there was any ill-will. I think Jadeveon is a heck of a player. Whether it was clean or not, I don't think he intended to have a dirty hit. It was one of those fluky things, the way I was diving, the way he was diving."

Wentz admitted, however, that it was extremely tough to end his season that way. 

"It's definitely tough," Wentz said. "A head injury is definitely a scarier concept if you ask me. It's one of those things that, obviously the league is doing everything it can to reduce those things. But you know the risks when you sign up. Trust me, it was extremely frustrating to deal with that and also to know that the season is ending and I couldn't be out there to help my team those last three quarters. At the end of the day my faith is the number one thing in my life and just to trust that God has got a bigger purpose and a bigger plan for it."

Cataldi also asked Wentz about the Eagles' second-round and his new backup, Jalen Hurts. 

"I'm excited to work with him," Wentz said of Hurts. "At the end of the day, I trust Howie and I trust the executives within this organization and I think I displayed that by signing for a long time last year.

"Going out and drafting Jalen in the second round, I get it. I think there's a value, obviously there's a high value at the quarterback position and he's a heck of a player. For me, my first instinct is always, how is he as a guy? We've gotta get a long, we've gotta encourage and motivate each other. So I'm excited to work with him in that capacity, for sure."

Does Wentz feel as though the organization does not have faith in him staying healthy?

"I don't think so," Wentz said. "At the end of the day, they make those decisions. I can only do and can control what I can control. I am going to do everything I can to stay healthy, to keep myself out there. To keep getting back up off of the ground, hopefully avoid those fluky head injuries and things. At the end of the day, I'm gonna give everything I can for the team, for the city, and let the chips fall where they may."

While the Eagles' 2020 schedule was released on Thursday night, the possibility of the NFL starting the season without fans in the stands due to the COVID-19 pandemic remains real, something Wentz admits would be really hard to adjust to. 

"I thought about it," Wentz said about playing without fans. "There definitely a legit chance of that happening. It would just be weird, kind of take you back to middle school football days or whatever when it's just mom and dad in the stands. We're hoping and praying that's not the situation because the fans really make the game and take it to a whole other level, otherwise it kind of feels like a scrimmage or practice out there. We'd be missing so much without our fans, both cheering us on and booing us when we're down. It just wouldn't feel the same. I would definitely miss that, if that is the case."

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