WENTZ WILL PLAY SUNDAY, SO EAGLES IN THE HUNT FOR A NO. 1 PICK!

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By Mark Gallagher

Indy Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is a full participant at today’s practice and is expected to play Week 1 against the Seahawks, coach Frank Reich said.

That’s good news for the Eagles because Philly gets a No. 1 draft pick back if Wentz takes 75% of Indy’s snaps this year, as a result of last February’s trade.

Wentz, 28, entered the day with two full practices under his belt over the last six weeks. After recovering from foot surgery in just three weeks, he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week after he was ruled a close contact to a staff member who tested positive for the virus. Last week, he called vaccination “a personal decision” and asked for respect.

He is entering his first season with the Colts after spending his first five seasons in Philly, where he won a Super Bowl and was a Pro Bowler in 2017. He will look to bounce back in 2021 after completing a career-low 57.4 percent of his passes during his final year with the Eagles.

When Wentz first underwent surgery on Aug. 2, the Colts set his timeline to return at five to 12 weeks, saying it was impossible to be more specific given the nature of the injury. Wentz is now five weeks removed from the procedure, meaning this is the optimum outcome following the removal of the bone fragment in his left foot. Wentz has been practicing to some degree for two weeks, so a setback at this point seems unlikely.

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