Carson Wentz out for 12 weeks: What it means for the Eagles

NFL: DEC 29 Eagles at Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 29: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) warms up prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 29, 2019 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Just when you thought that Carson Wentz drama had finally been exiled from the City of Brotherly Love, it bites back twice as hard. The Philadelphia Eagles traded their former first-round draft pick to Indianapolis this past offseason, but there appears to be one last bitter twist of fate.

Carson Wentz suffered a foot injury a few days back, prompting the Colts to do some extra due diligence and encourage further testing. It was made known to the media today by Colts HC Frank Reich that Wentz will be out for up to 12 weeks with a foot injury that will require Doctors to remove a bone from his foot.

A full 12 week recovery period would see Wentz return at the end of October, meaning he’d miss around 7 games. That part is crucial for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles accepted an offer from the Colts consisting of a 2021 third-rounder and a 2022 second-rounder that can become a first-round pick if Wentz plays 75%+ of snaps or 70%+ and the Colts make the playoffs.

The only thing that nay act as a saving grace here is the fact that the NFL added an extra game to this year’s season, extending the regular season slate to 17 weeks. If Wentz is somehow able to return closer to the 5-week mark, there may still be a slim hope of that second-round pick turning into a first.

Either way, while this is a pretty tough blow to take, it’s also not the end of the world. Wentz, for reasons perhaps unfair, has upheld an ‘injury prone’ reputation for several years now. This only adds fuel to the fire and further validates Roseman’s decision to move on while he could. The returns for Wentz were never going to be classified as a steal, but they were enough to justify a move and have given the Eagles enough ammo to reset their roster and add some key assets in the process. It would just be a shame if that first-round pick ended up being a second after all.

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