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NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said Sunday that Wentz was opting to treat his foot injury with rest and rehab. Rapoport added that if Wentz’s foot does not respond to the treatment, he could still undergo surgery.
Wentz reportedly felt a pop in his foot at the end of Thursday’s practice. The Colts said that the quarterback would be out “indefinitely.
The Eagles have a lot riding on the health and success of Wentz while he is with Indianapolis this season. The Eagles received a conditional second-round draft pick as part of the trade that was executed in February. The selection can become a first-round pick if Wentz plays more than 75% of the snaps or Wentz plays 70% of the snaps, and the Colts make the playoffs.
If Wentz’s foot does not respond to the treatment and he still has to get surgery, the chances of receiving a first-round draft pick go down considerably. On Friday, before the report of Wentz’s rehab decision, Rapoport said if Wentz does have surgery, he would miss the rest of the preseason and potentially miss the start of the regular season.
The Colts’ first game of the season is Sept. 12 against the Seattle Seahawks. If Wentz decides to get the surgery in two weeks, it could mean he misses more regular-season games, and in all likelihood, the Colts would keep their first-round pick.
An extra first-round pick will give the Eagles another high asset to use in deciding how to move forward in their rebuilding process. The Eagles already have two first-round choices in next year’s draft: Their own and the one from the Miami Dolphins in the before the 2021 draft. Adding a third would allow the Eagles to either add more pieces around quarterback Jalen Hurts, address the defense, move up to take one of the top prospects in the 2022 draft or trade for a veteran such as Deshaun Watson.
It is pretty safe to say the Eagles are hoping that Wentz has a speedy recovery.
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