Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) at the start of practice at Grand Park in Westfield on Thursday, July 29, 2021, on the second full day of workouts of this summer's Colts training camp.

Colts Camp Revs Up

Around the NFL: Colts’ Carson Wentz worry on the rise

An old high school football injury is haunting quarterback Carson Wentz and the Indianapolis Colts.

Colts coach Frank Reich said a broken bone, the fifth metatarsal, is loose in Wentz’s foot, requiring a surgery that will sideline the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback between five and 12 weeks.

The unfortunate turn of events came to light when Wentz was rolling out to throw last week. Wentz has an extensive history of injuries, including tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in 2017.

“I think it was a gut punch for him for about two hours,” Reich said. “Knowing Carson, I’m optimistic. Knowing this is the type of injury you don’t have to be pain-free to play in. You have to get to an acceptable level of tolerating pain and then you can start playing. That could happen early.”

Could.

The Colts are going forward with former University of Washington quarterback Jacob Eason as their starter until Wentz returns or something better comes along.

A former fourth-round draft pick, Eason is known for his arm strength. However, he’s never played in an NFL regular season game. The Colts also have quarterbacks Sam Ehlinger, Jalen Morton and Brett Hundley on the roster.

“The job is Jacob’s right now,” Reich said. “He has to prove it. He knows that. Jacob’s in the driver’s seat.”

The Colts traded a third-round draft pick and a conditional second-round draft pick that rises to a 2022 first-round selection should Wentz play 75 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps, or if he plays 70 percent of the snaps and the Colts qualify for the postseason.

What if the Colts decide to pursue Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles? Of course, Foles won the Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles when Reich was his offensive coordinator.

Foles sounded fairly intrigued by the possibility Monday during an interview with Chicago reporters.

“Listen, Frank Reich is one of my favorite, if not favorite, coaches of all time,” Foles said. “He understands me as a player, he understands me as a person. I haven’t had any talks with him. I’m a Chicago Bear right now.

“They have Carson and Carson and I have a lot of history. I have a lot of respect for Carson, he’s a tremendous player. He’s going through a lot of adversity right now but he’ll bounce back. You know what, he might miss a few games but I know he’ll be back out there. But we haven’t had any talks and right now I’m a Chicago Bear so I’m going to keep slinging it with these third-stringers and we’re going to dice ’em up.”

–Vikings use tele-QB to solve COVID issues
The Minnesota Vikings are embroiled in an early COVID-19 crisis.

After rookie quarterback Kellen Mond, a third-round draft pick from Texas A&M, tested positive for COVID-19, he was placed on the reserve-COVID-19 list along with starting quarterback Kirk Cousins and Nate Stanley as high-risk close contacts.

Although the Vikings have claimed quarterback Danny Etling off waivers and signed quarterback Case Cookus, the situation irked coach Mike Zimmer because of how it disrupted practice as Jake Browning was the only quarterback available for a Saturday night practice session.

“You know, quite honestly, after everything we went through last year, I’m not surprised one bit,” Zimmer said. “I am disappointed that this happened. I’m frustrated, not just with my football players who didn’t get vaccinated, but I’m frustrated with everybody [who didn’t]. We’ll just do the best we can. It’s just disappointing.”

–Awkward situation in Houston
This is a strange and awkward time between disgruntled Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.

The NFL’s passing yardage leader from last season has a standing trade request and a no-trade clause in his $156 million contract, but reported to training camp to avoid $50,000 daily fines. Watson is facing 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct, a Houston Police Department active investigation of 10 complaints and a parallel NFL personal conduct investigation.

Watson remains a popular figure with his teammates.

The Texans’ players appear to be effectively and calmly compartmentalizing the situation, expressing support for Watson as a person while staying out of his unresolved business with management. They’re also embracing journeyman Tyrod Taylor, 31, as their new leader and quarterback.

“Absolutely, me and Deshaun are friends,” said Taylor, who has the same private quarterbacks coach, Quincy Avery, as Watson. “We’ve known each other for a number of years now. We’ve had conversations on the field, off the field, about football, about life. Everything has been a positive conversation, and it will continue to be that way.”

When asked if Watson’s ongoing presence at training camp is perhaps a distraction, Taylor replied: “No, it hasn’t. He’s part of the team. When we come out here, we’re all focused on working and getting better at every aspect. That’s different for every person.”

As complex and sensitive as the Watson legal situation continues to be with no resolution in sight with settlement talks inactive between the quarterback, who has denied wrongdoing through his attorney, Rusty Hardin, and the plaintiffs’ attorney, Tony Buzbee, Watson and teammates seem to be getting along great.

Watson frequently talks with offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Brandin Cooks and Taylor at practice, where he’s essentially an modestly invested observer.

“Deshaun, that’s my guy, love him to death,” Texans defensive end Whitney Mercilus said. “Hate what’s happened to him. Just bring it for him every day honestly. Man, everything will sort itself out. God got it. I know that for a fact. He’s my guy at the end of the day.”

–Deadline in Buffalo
The clock is ticking in Buffalo in ongoing contract talks between star quarterback Josh Allen and Bills management.

It’s not two-minute drill time, but it’s approaching that kind of sense of urgency in Buffalo.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane underscored that business reality on Monday when he affirmed that he has set a preseason deadline to hammer out a blockbuster contract extension with the strong-armed former first-round draft pick from Wyoming.

If a deal isn’t completed before the first week of September, Beane indicated that talks would be tabled until next year. The Bills previously exercised a $23 million fifth-year option for Allen.

“Josh and I are in lockstep on that,” Beane said. “There will be no negotiating in-season. At some point we will press the pause button.”

–Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 seasons, including the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun and is on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128.

Jul 28, 2021; Westfield, IN, United States; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) at Grand Park. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Carson Wentz’s surgery swells Colts’ odds

The Indianapolis Colts saw their Super Bowl odds tumble at several sportsbooks following the news that Carson Wentz is expected to miss up to three months following foot surgery.

Originally installed at +2900 by FanDuel to win Super Bowl LVI, those odds shortened to +2600 after the Colts agreed in mid-February to acquire Wentz from Philadelphia

The Colts are now being offered at +3100 at FanDuel, where they have fallen behind New Orleans and Dallas at +3000.

Indianapolis’ outrights also saw notable adjustments at BetRivers, where the Colts’ Super Bowl odds have moved from +2500 to +4000. Their odds of winning the AFC South moved from -106 to +180, with Tennessee now the division favorite at -134.

“Getting ahead of the market is key when it comes to betting futures,” said Rush Street Interactive COO Mattias Stetz. “But it can be a double-edged sword, especially in the NFL where injuries are unfortunately part of the game.”

BetRivers also temporarily removed Week 1 odds for the Colts’ home game against the Seattle Seahawks. Originally 2.5-point favorites at the book, BetRivers said it is “likely” that Indianapolis will now be around a 2.5-point underdog with second-year quarterback Jacob Eason expected to start in Wentz’s place.

Wentz was scheduled to undergo surgery on his left foot Monday and be sidelined for five to 12 weeks, coach Frank Reich said.

“Obviously we’re optimistic and hopeful that we can be on the front end of that,” Reich said of the timeline.

Reich told reporters Wentz had a previous foot injury dating back to as far as high school. A broken bone loosened and caused pain for Wentz, Reich said. That bone will be removed entirely during the operation.

Wentz, 28, has a history of injuries dating to his time at North Dakota State. With the Eagles, he suffered a rib fracture, torn ACL, back injury and concussion.

Eason ran the first-team offense to end Thursday’s practice and again Friday and Saturday. He was a fourth-round pick in 2020 out of Washington but has no NFL game experience.

“The job is Jacob’s right now … and he’s gotta earn it. But he’s in the driver’s seat,” Reich said.

If the Colts opt to pursue a veteran, Bears backup Nick Foles is expected to be available. He’s the No. 3 quarterback behind Andy Dalton and Justin Fields in Chicago.

Foles stepped in for an injured Wentz in 2017 and guided the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl LII. Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator at the time.

“Listen, Frank Reich is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, coaches of all time. He understands me as a player,” Foles said. “He understands me as a person. But you know, I haven’t had any talks with them. I’m a Chicago Bear right now. But he knows me, he understands.”

The Colts signed quarterback Brett Hundley on Saturday. The 28-year-old will compete with 2021 sixth-round pick Sam Ehlinger (Texas) and undrafted free agent Jalen Morton for a roster spot.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) at the start of practice at Grand Park in Westfield on Thursday, July 29, 2021, on the second full day of workouts of this summer's Colts training camp.

Colts Camp Revs Up

Colts QB Carson Wentz out with foot injury

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is not practicing Friday due to a foot injury that ended his practice early the day before.

Wentz, acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles in an offseason trade, left Thursday’s practice before it was completed, but his injury status wasn’t known until Friday.

The Colts did not offer further details on the injury.

Without Wentz on the field, Jacob Eason was running the first-team offense to end Thursday’s practice and again Friday.

Wentz has a history of injuries dating to his time at North Dakota State. With the Eagles, he suffered a rib fracture, torn ACL, back injury and concussion.

Eason was a fourth-round pick in 2020 but has no NFL game experience.

–Field Level Media

Dec 20, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Carson Wentz officially joins Colts

Sep 2, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Aaron Stinnie (64) works out at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Carson Wentz already resides in Indianapolis, and now he’s officially a member of the Colts.

The trade from the Philadelphia Eagles sending Wentz to the Colts and reuniting him with former offensive coordinator Frank Reich — head coach of the Colts — was completed Wednesday at the start of the NFL league year.

Wentz, who revealed earlier in the day he’ll wear No. 2 (coincidentally, the same number as his supposed heir apparent in Philadelphia, Jalen Hurts), was the second overall pick in the 2016 draft behind Jared Goff. Goff was traded to the Detroit Lions in a deal that also became official Wednesday.

The Eagles receive a third-round pick in 2021 and an additional draft pick in return. The Colts announced Wednesday it was a “conditional second-round pick” in 2022, while the Eagles declared they received a “conditional first-round pick” next year. Based on Wentz’s performance and the Colts’ record, the pick could be a first- or second-rounder.

When Wentz is introduced via Zoom conference Thursday, he will reportedly not take questions from Philadelphia media.

Wednesday is also the start of Wentz’s new four-year, $128 million contract extension with almost $70 million guaranteed. The Eagles absorb an NFL-record $33 million cap hit by trading Wentz before his extension kicks in.

Reich was Wentz’s offensive coordinator during the 2017 season in which Wentz guided Philadelphia to an 11-2 record while throwing for 33 touchdown passes before sustaining a season-ending injury in December. Nick Foles piloted Philadelphia through the postseason and Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.

The Eagles cut ties with Wentz after he was benched during the 2020 season and replaced by Hurts, who went 1-3 as a starter. The Eagles later fired head coach Doug Pederson, but new coach Nick Sirianni arrives from Indianapolis with plans to trial Hurts as the No. 1 quarterback.

In Indianapolis, Wentz is the latest starter in a rapidly spinning QB carousel that has included Andrew Luck (retired), Jacoby Brissett (Dolphins) and Philip Rivers (retired). Rivers played one season with the Colts, leading the team to the playoffs in 2020 before ending his career.

The Colts also will reportedly re-sign running back Marlon Mack, with NFL Network reporting that the 25-year-old will return on a one-year, $2 million deal. Coming off his first career 1,000-yard season in 2019, Mack suffered a season-ending torn Achilles in the Colts’ Week 1 loss at Jacksonville.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. not giving No. 11 to Carson Wentz

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. on Monday said he told Carson Wentz that he’s not going to relinquish his No. 11 to the new quarterback, adding that Wentz “was a chill guy about it.”

Pittman, 23, made the comments during an NFL Network interview.

“He actually texted me about two hours after the news broke, and he just asked me how I felt about it, and I told him that I was gonna stay, and he said that that was cool and that he would switch numbers, and it was that easy,” Pittman said. “I mean, he was a chill guy about it, so that was awesome.”

Wentz has worn No. 11 during his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles and during his collegiate days at North Dakota State, but Pittman told TMZ Sports he wouldn’t even entertain a financial offer for the jersey.

“I am No. 11 … I don’t think there’s any deal that is gonna be done,” Pittman told TMZ Sports. “He asked me very respectfully and I just appreciated him for that. I think he’s a great dude, because lots of guys with his status, they would come in and demand and stuff like that.”

Pittman caught 40 passes for 503 yards and a touchdown in 13 games (eight starts) last season as a rookie out of Southern Cal. Pittman wore No. 6 at USC.

The Colts traded for Wentz last week in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick plus a conditional 2022 second-round pick. He passed for 16,811 yards and 113 touchdowns in his five years with the Eagles.

–Field Level Media

Sep 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Colts’ Super Bowl odds shorten with Carson Wentz

The Indianapolis Colts are a more legitimate contender with Carson Wentz under center next season, at least in the eyes of oddsmakers.

Indianapolis reportedly agreed to acquire Wentz from Philadelphia on Thursday, which will reunite him with former Eagles offensive coordinator and current Colts head coach Frank Reich. Although the deal cannot be made official until the start of the 2021 NFL league year on March 17, the Colts’ Super Bowl LVI odds have shortened from +2900 to +2600 at FanDuel and from +2500 to +2000 at SportsBetting.com.

The Colts are now +1300 to win the AFC Championship at FanDuel, behind Kansas City (+250), Buffalo (+500), Baltimore (+650) and Cleveland (+1200). With Wentz, Indianapolis is now +110 behind Tennessee (+105) to win the AFC South next season.

SportsBetting.com installed the Colts as the +150 favorite last month to land Wentz amid speculation the Eagles were peddling their former No. 2 overall pick. The Colts were followed by the Chicago Bears (+200) and New England Patriots (+500).

Indianapolis was considered a likely potential destination for Wentz after the retirement of Philip Rivers, who led the Colts to a wild-card spot in his lone season with the team. With Jacoby Brissett also a pending free agent, 2020 fourth-round pick Jacob Eason has been the Colts’ only quarterback under contract.

Wentz, 28, signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019. He struggled last season and was eventually benched by Doug Pederson, who made Wentz inactive in Week 17.

Super Bowl LVI Odds (FanDuel):
Kansas City Chiefs: +500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +950
Buffalo Bills: +1100
Green Bay Packers: +1100
Los Angeles Rams: +1300
San Francisco 49ers: +1400
Baltimore Ravens: +1400
New Orleans Saints: +1600
Seattle Seahawks: +2000
Cleveland Browns: +2200
Indianapolis Colts: +2600
Tennessee Titans: +2700
Dallas Cowboys: +2800
Miami Dolphins: +2800
Los Angeles Chargers: +3100
Pittsburgh Steelers: +3100
New England Patriots: +4000
Arizona Cardinals: +4400
Minnesota Vikings: +4400
Carolina Panthers: +5000
Las Vegas Raiders: +5000
Philadelphia Eagles: +5000
Atlanta Falcons: +6000
Chicago Bears: +6000
New York Jets: +6500
Houston Texans: +7000
New York Giants: +7000
Washington Football Team: +7000
Cincinnati Bengals: +8000
Denver Broncos: +8000
Jacksonville Jaguars: +8000
Detroit Lions: +12000

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Carson Wentz (11) and Jalen Hurts (2) talk with head coach Doug Pederson (C) during a timeout against the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles GM: Wentz trade not being discussed

Mum was quite literally the word from coach Doug Pederson on rumors the Philadelphia Eagles are ready to trade quarterback Carson Wentz.

In an end-of-season press conference via Zoom on Monday, Pederson’s audio trailed off and his reply to the question about his reportedly fractured relationship was inaudible.

The joint presser also included general manager Howie Roseman, Pederson’s boss, who jumped in to respond.

“That is not anything we’re talking about right now,” Roseman said. “When you have players like that, they’re like fingers on your hand. You can’t imagine that they’re not part of you, that they’re not here. That’s how we feel about Carson.”

ESPN reported an offseason trade was likely because of what Wentz felt was a “fractured beyond repair” relationship with Pederson. Pederson made the decision in December to bench Wentz in favor of rookie second-round pick Jalen Hurts.

In the regular-season finale Sunday night against Washington, the Eagles used Nate Sudfeld as the backup to Hurts.

When Pederson’s microphone recovered on Monday, the coach seemed to indicate he wants to smooth any rough spots that emerged with Wentz.

“The relationship is good, it’s fine. It’s something we’re going to continue to build upon. I know Carson is disappointed,” Pederson said.

Whether the market will deem Wentz damaged goods is open for debate. He turned in a poor statistical season by his own standards.

Wentz completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts (251 of 437) for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw a league-leading 15 interceptions (tied with Denver’s Drew Lock) in 12 starts while averaging a career-low 218.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for five touchdowns.

But issues with the offensive line, which constantly addressed health and continuity concerns, and skill-position challenges cannot be entirely dismissed.

Wentz was sacked 50 times, the most in the league.

ESPN reported the asking price in a Wentz trade will be high but they are expected to receive multiple inquiries.

Now 28, Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in June 2019.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) and quarterback Carson Wentz (11) warm up before the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Keep Carson? Eagles $32M Wentz decision due in March

For the Philadelphia Eagles, decision day on Carson Wentz comes in March.

Based on contract language, that’s when the Eagles must decide whether to keep Wentz for the 2021 season or possibly trade him to another team. Wentz is due a $10 million bonus and his $22 million salary for the 2022 season becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the NFL league year.

Trades are often agreed to — and even reported — in February but aren’t official until the league year begins.

ESPN reported Sunday that Wentz is not interested in staying with the Eagles as a backup.

He was benched two weeks ago at Green Bay with the Eagles mired in a losing streak and 3-8-1 overall.

Rookie Jalen Hurts started last week and led the Eagles to an upset over the New Orleans Saints, with the second-round pick racking up 106 rushing yards.

The salary cap implications for the Eagles are almost identical whether they keep or trade Wentz.

The No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft has an annual average salary of $32 million, which places him in the top 10 among NFL quarterbacks.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs with the ball past New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Shy Tuttle (99) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Pederson not ready to name Eagles’ starting QB

Eagles coach Doug Pederson plans to review film of rookie Jalen Hurts leading Philadelphia to a win over the New Orleans Saints before naming a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Hurts and the Eagles beat the Saints 24-21 in an upset victory fueled by the young quarterback rushing for 106 yards on 18 carries.

“I’m going to take a look at (film). I’m going to look at a lot of different things before I make that determination this week,” Pederson said on 94.1 WIP radio in Philadelphia on Monday.

The Eagles (4-8-1) had lost four games in a row before Pederson made the decision to start Hurts over Carson Wentz. The Eagles are 1 1/2 games behind the Washington Football Team in the NFC East.

Philadelphia is 28th in the NFL in passing yards (199.8 per game) and 26th in points (21.3 per game).

Hurts is expected to get another start. The 2020 second-round draft pick became the fifth Eagles quarterback to rush for 100 yards and his only turnover was late in the fourth quarter, when the ball was batted out of his hands.

“Going back and watching it this morning, there were some really, really good plays. He played well,” Pederson said. “He managed the team. He did everything we asked him to do. He played smart, he played physical with the run.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 30, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) during warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Pederson, Eagles pained by Hurts-Wentz decision

Doug Pederson didn’t expect to be here: 3-8-1 with four games to go and faced with the reality that the Philadelphia Eagles benched their franchise quarterback to start an untested rookie.

Pederson named Jalen Hurts the starting quarterback for the Eagles on Sunday, and Carson Wentz is likely to back him up.

“I never thought, way back in April, did I ever think this would happen? No,” Pederson said Wednesday. “Take Carson Wentz out of it. I didn’t expect us to be in this situation back in April.”

The situation is dire. According to NFL Network, Pederson met with team leaders on Monday and informed them the Eagles are all playing for their future the final month of the season.

What message Pederson is sending by turning to Hurts is not entirely clear. The issue was confused to some degree two weeks ago when Pederson told reporters that sitting Wentz would be akin to raising the flag of surrender on the 2020 season.

He bristled at the idea Wednesday, adding that Hurts is in for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints and all personnel decisions can be evaluated again before next week’s game.

“My expectation is to go out and prepare and try to win every game we play,” Pederson said. “Listen, just like I said after the football game Sunday, I was looking for a spark from our offense, and a lot of times it comes from putting your quarterback on the bench for the backup, and that’s all I’m looking for here. I’m looking for a little spark, a little shot in the arm to pick the offense up.

“Everybody around Jalen or around Carson has to elevate their game. We can’t do this – they can’t do this alone, right. They can’t do this. It’s impossible to attack an opponent with just one guy, but I fully expect our guys to go out, play hard and do everything they can to try and win.”

Before the change was officially announced, Wentz was one of the team leaders who sat down with Pederson. Among other team leaders were center Jason Kelce and defensive end Brandon Graham.

Kelce said Wednesday that Hurts starting over Wentz isn’t the story in Philadelphia.

“This more comes down to a failure of pretty much every position, including the coaches, to facilitate a functioning offense,” Kelce said. “That’s the biggest story here. Not the Hurts is picked and there’s some sort of internal battle and struggle going on with Carson Wentz.”

The meeting, however, is nothing new under Pederson. He did the same thing almost one year ago, challenging team leaders to run a padded practice in December before a push to the playoffs.

In the NFC East, the Eagles aren’t yet eliminated from the postseason conversation. The New York Giants and Washington Football Team are atop the standings at 5-7. Philadelphia’s last two games are against the Cowboys and Washington, but likely playoff-bound New Orleans (10-2) and Arizona (6-6) are up first.

Wentz was benched Sunday in the third quarter of Sunday’s 30-16 loss to Green Bay after completing just six of 15 pass attempts for 79 yards. Hurts, the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2019, was 5-of-12 passing for 109 yards, throwing one touchdown pass and one interception as his replacement.

Wentz, 27, is in the midst of the worst season of his five-year career. He leads the league in interceptions (15) and sacks (50), and is 31st in completion percentage (57.4).

Pederson said Wednesday that Wentz is frustrated but still has a chance to “be a great quarterback in this league.”

–Field Level Media