Colts’ Carson Wentz to have foot surgery | Why decision will probably hurt Eagles in 2022

The Eagles’ chances of having a third 2022 first-round pick took a major hit on Monday, as Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz elected to have foot surgery after suffering an injury in training camp last week.

Sign up for Eagles Extra: Get exclusive news, behind-the-scenes observations and the ability to text directly with reporters

Wentz and the Colts went back-and-forth on the decision to have the procedure after the quarterback initially decided to rest his foot, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. According to Schefter, the surgery will keep Wentz out of action for 5-12 weeks, a timeline that could impact the conditions of the trade made by the Eagles and Colts to send the QB to Indianapolis.

The Eagles received a conditional 2022 second-round pick -- and a 2021 third-round pick -- from the Colts for Wentz in March. The conditional second-round pick can become a first-round pick if Wentz plays 75% of the season or plays 70% and the Colts make the playoffs. Wentz’s return timeline will likely determine the outcome of the conditional pick, as he could be ready for Week 1 with the best-case scenario, or miss two whole months of the season in the worst-case scenario, essentially wiping out any chance of the Eagles making good on the higher pick.


Buy Eagles tickets: StubHub, TicketSmarter


That said, if Wentz were to miss 6-8 games of the season, the Colts would probably be in trouble in the standings. Starting second-year QB Jacob Eason isn’t a particularly compelling outlook and the Colts have a pretty tough first half of the schedule to contend with this year. If Wentz were to miss half the season, the Colts would likely have a losing record by the end of the campaign, putting their second-round pick within the top 10-15 picks of that round next year.

Wentz has dealt with several injuries throughout his career, so the conditional pick was always some sort of a gamble for the Eagles. During his six-year career, Wentz has torn his ACL and LCL, suffered a back fracture and now will undergo foot surgery. While the Eagles are probably bummed by the outlook of losing out on another first-round pick, they have to feel good about moving on from Wentz, who has been an injury risk in almost every season of his career.

Get Eagles text messages: Cut through the clutter of social media and text directly with beat writers Mike Kaye and Chris Franklin. Plus, exclusive news and analysis. Sign up now for a free trial.

Our journalism needs your support. Please subscribe today to NJ.com.

Mike Kaye may be reached at mkaye@njadvancemedia.com. Tell us your coronavirus story or send a tip here.