Carson Wentz reportedly opting against surgery; what it means for Eagles
Report: Wentz decides not to have an operation; what it means to Eagles originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Carson Wentz is out indefinitely with a foot injury and although he is now the Colts quarterback, the Eagles must keep a close eye on the situation as their return from the trade depends on his playing time.
And the latest news is that Wentz will try to avoid surgery, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday afternoon.
Here's the latest:
Update: Eagle's potential first-round pick in danger as Wentz is undergoing surgery
Last week, NFL Network's Mike Silver reported that the injury included a bone and ligament, and then we heard that surgery was on the table. We'll see how this strategy works out for Wentz as he chooses to avoid the surgery for now.
That could be good for the Eagles ... if it works.
As a reminder, there are two options for the second-round selection of 2022 to turn into a first-round player for the Eagles:
1. Wentz played at least 75% of the Colts' offense snaps
2. Wentz plays at least 70% of the Colts' offensive snaps and the team makes the playoffs
The Colts averaged just under 68 offensive snaps per game in 2020. So if we forecast how many Snaps they will play in 2021 based on a schedule of 17 games, that adds up to about 1,156 Snaps.
Here, Wentz would be a percentage based on this average:
Missed a game: 94.1%
Missed two games: 88.2%
Missed three games: 82.4%
Missed four games: 76.8%
Missed five games: 70.6%
Missed six games: 64.7%
Of course, there is no guarantee that Wentz will play every Snap in the games he plays. But if this avoidance strategy works, the Eagles may still be able to make a first choice out of this trade. Of course, you could say something for having operated on and fixed the problem without possibly wasting that time.
While a second round pick from this trade would still be valuable, obviously getting a first round player would be a big deal. Not only could the Eagles use this selection to draft a player, but it would also be a much more valuable asset to any potential trade.
As much as many Eagles fans want to stop thinking about Wentz after his death, the structure of this trade just doesn't allow it. Wentz will continue to be a topic of conversation in Philadelphia for at least the remainder of the 2021 season.
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