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More details about the concussion Carson Wentz suffered on Sunday

More details about the concussion Carson Wentz suffered on Sunday

Just how scary was Carson Wentz’s concussion on Sunday?

According to sources close to the situation, Wentz had a brief loss of memory on the sideline. He couldn’t remember what happened or who the Eagles played the week before. While inside the blue medical tent, Wentz also had a little bit of trouble sitting in a stationary position. 

Initially, when he came off the field, Wentz told Josh McCown that he wasn’t feeling right. That’s when the medical staff took him inside the blue tent on the sideline for further evaluation. 

Wentz was hit in the back of the head with a helmet-to-helmet shot from Jadeveon Clowney in the first quarter of the Eagles’ 17-9 loss to the Seahawks. He played just nine snaps in his playoff debut before he was forced out of the game. 

By the time Wentz got to the locker room, he had snapped out of it and appeared to be fine. 

“He’s great. He’s great,” head coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday morning. “Spoke to him last night. He was here. I’ll see him today. He’s doing extremely well.” 

By the day after the game, Wentz was doing much better and by Tuesday he had cleared most of the concussion protocol levels. 

Wentz had one more protocol level to clear on Wednesday and he did clear it. If the Eagles had advanced to play at Green Bay, Wentz would have been cleared to play this Sunday.

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NFL Week 17 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 17 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Here are Derrick Gunn’s games to watch for Week 17 of the NFL season:

Saints at Panthers (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)
Head coach Sean Payton says his starters will play. The Saints currently the No. 3 seed in the NFC and still have a shot at the 1 or 2 seed but need help along the way. But first thing's first — taking care of the Panthers. Drew Brees has a minor knee ailment, and his big play wideout Michael Thomas is dealing with a hand issue, but both will be on the field. Carolina's season is done, but there are so many questions about this team. Who will be the new head coach? Will Cam Newton be back? The only highlight left for what has been a dismal year for the Panthers is Christian McCaffrey. He needs 67 receiving yards to become only the third player in NFL history to have 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in the same season. McCaffrey will get his yards, but the Saints will get the win, and then sit and wait.

Redskins at Cowboys (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX)
The Cowboys have no one to blame but themsevles for being in the situation they’re in. Dallas should have wrapped up the division a few weeks ago, but losing four its last five, including a crucial showdown in Philadelphia, leaves its playoff hopes hanging by a thread. The Cowboys need to beat Washington, then hope the Giants do them a favor and knock off the Eagles. Dak Prescott is still dealing with a shoulder injury that appears to be affecting the velocity on his passes. Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins will miss the season finale, and its not known if WR Terry McLaurin will be available (concussion protocol). Dallas wins this divisional confrontation with one eye on the Redskins, and the other eye on the scoreboard.

Steelers at Ravens (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS)
When the 2019 schedule came out, many felt this AFC North finale would  be for the divisional crown.  The Ravens lived up to expectations all season long and have clinched home field advantage. As for the Steelers, injuries piled up. They’ve gone through three quarterbacks. Pittsbugh is right outside the playoff door and needs some help to walk through it. The Ravens are sitting most of their regulars, including Lamar Jackson, which bodes well for Pittsburgh. The Steelers take the gift from Baltimore, but will they get generosity from outside help? The drama builds.

Titans at Texans (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.., CBS)
The help Pittsburgh needs has to come from Houston. If the Texans knock off the Titans and the Steelers win, Pittsburgh is in. But if the Titans win, they knock the Steelers out and Tennessee heads to the postseason dance. Houston is champs of the AFC South for the four time in the last five years. They have a slim chance of getting the No. 3 seed. The Texans won at Tennessee two weeks ago. They’ll win Sunday to make it a season sweep and sweep the Titans' playoff hopes under a rug.

49ers at Seahawks (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)
The 49ers have been waiting for this rematch. It was Seattle who dealt San Francisco its first loss of the season. From that point on the Niners, who began the season 8-0, have gone on a 4-3 journey. Seattle's backfield has been decimated by injuries. Chris Carson and C.J. Prosise's seasons are over. So, Seattle has re-signed two former 'Hawks, 33-year-old Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Neither has played in a year. Russell Wilson will have to put his team on his back, but the load may be too much to bear. The Niners' big incentive is if they win, they are the top seed in the NFC. This should be a great matchup to close out the 2019 regular season. The Niners take the win, the division and the top seed. 

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Derrick Gunn's top NFL games to watch in Week 16

Derrick Gunn's top NFL games to watch in Week 16

Here are my games to watch for Week 16 of the NFL season:

BILLS at PATRIOTS — Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NFL Network

Usually, New England has the AFC East wrapped up by now. They’ve won the last 10 straight division titles and 15 of the past 16. This season, the Bills are not ready to concede the title so easily. Back in Week 4, the Bills gave the Pats all they could handle, but Josh Allen threw three interceptions and left with a concussion. Buffalo is in the postseason party for the second time in three seasons, but for them that’s not enough; they feel they can take the division from New England. Two good defenses will be on display Saturday afternoon in Foxborough. Until further notice, New England is still king of the division hill. Buffalo will make a game of of it, but the Bills won't cash in.

RAMS at 49ERS — Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network

The Rams are still licking their wounds from getting mauled by the Cowboys. Jared Goff has a bruised thumb on his throwing hand, but the word is he should be fine. The Niners are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Last Sunday they got tripped up by Atlanta. A mild setback, but San Fran can still win the NFC West (win out vs. Rams and Seahawks), and the No. 1 overall seed is up for grabs. The Rams are a big play offense with 66 pass plays of 20-plus yards, but the Niners have the defensive personnel to diffuse them. San Fran went on the road and won the Week 6 meeting between the two. The Rams' hopes of getting back to the Super Bowl will end in Santa Clara.

SAINTS at TITANS — Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX

What a season it's been for New Orleans. Drew Brees gets hurt, Teddy Bridgewater holds down the fort for six games, Brees comes back and becomes the new all-time leader in touchdown passes. His favorite target, Michael Thomas, is also on a record-setting pace, needing just 11 more catches to break Marvin Harrison's single-season reception total (143). The Titans lost a heartbreaker last week against Houston in a battle for first place in the AFC South, and it may have broken their playoff spirit. Tennessee is currently the seventh seed and needs help elsewhere. The Saints are on a mission, and unfortunately for Tennessee, this is not the season we remember the Titans.

CHIEFS at BEARS — Sunday at 8:20 p.m. on NBC

The Bears were making playoff noise having won three in a row until Green Bay officially put their postseason hopes in hibernation. So now, Chicago just wants to finish the season strong. K.C. has gotten hot at the right time. They are champs of the AFC West and winners of four straight. Patrick Mahomes is playing well but not at an MVP level (three INTs in his last four games), yet has weapons galore to choose from. The Chiefs' defense has been playing much better. K.C. will win its fifth straight and the Bears will fall one game below .500

PACKERS at VIKINGS — Monday at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN

Schedule makers knew what they were doing when they made this rematch a Week 16 heavyweight showcase. The Packers won the Week 2 preliminary bout. It's hard to figure out who these Packers are. Their offense is not explosive and their defense is generous, yet they’ve won 11 games. The Vikings went on the West Coast and demolished a Chargers squad that manhandled the Packers a few weeks ago. Aaron Rodgers is 13-8-1 as a starting QB vs the Vikes. In those 22 games, Rodgers has completed 67.9 percent of his passes, thrown 44 touchdowns, has six interceptions and a 109.3 passer rating. The Vikes' run game could suffer if Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is sidelined. Minnesota is the only unbeaten team at home in the league. They’ll make Green Bay pack it in this time to pull even in the standings. Which means the division outcome won't be decided until the final game of the season.

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