By Dylan MacKinnon
Its not often that the news another teams QB will be suiting up is good news for a different team, but in this case, its huge for the Eagles. Ian Rapoport has reported Wentz is back to being a full participant in practice, and will play for the Colts this Sunday.
#Colts QB Carson Wentz will be a full participant today in practice, coach Frank Reich told reporters. He’ll be on the field in Week 1. An impressive recovery.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2021
This comes after many feared Wentz would miss time due to a foot injury that required surgery. Some estimates projected he could miss up to 12 weeks. This is good news for the eagles, because it means they are one step closer to getting a third 1st round pick. Eagles received a conditional 2nd round pick from the colts when they traded Wentz this off season. It can become a 1st round pick, if Wentz plays 75% of the the teams offensive snaps. If the Colts make the Playoffs, that number goes down to 70%. If that condition is met, it would give the Eagles 2 1st round picks, on top of their own, and the one they received from the Dolphins for trading down in this last draft.
Despite the narrative of being injury prone, Wentz has reach at least 70% of his teams snaps in all but one year. Of those four seasons, he reached 75% of the snaps in three seasons. The one year he did not reach 70% was in 2018 when he missed the first two games still recovering from the ACL injury, and the last 3 games with a back injury. Last year he reached 71.6% of the snaps despite being benched for the last 4 games. Even in 2017 where he tore his ACL, he still played in 77.9% of the teams snaps. These numbers are according to Pro Football Reference.
Wentz’s foot injury, along with his Covid Status will have to be something Eagles fans monitor. Wentz is subject to Covid protocols, meaning a close contact could cause Wentz to miss time, and even miss a game if the timing is poor. But for now, Eagles fans get good news with Wentz starting the season on the active roster and playing.