Eagles get double dose of good Carson Wentz news in Colts’ loss to Titans

Sunday was a win-win for the Philadelphia Eagles. And they didn’t even have to take the field (the Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football).

That’s because quarterback Carson Wentz overcame his sprained ankles and assumed his place in the Indianapolis Colts’ starting lineup.

Then Wentz went out and lost to the Tennessee Titans, 25-16.

After the game, Wentz and Colts head coach Frank Reich admitted the quarterback’s health is a storyline which won’t be going away anytime soon.

“(Wentz’s injuries) affected play calling a little bit but not an excuse,” Reich said, per the team’s website. “I thought Carson did a good job understanding what his limitations were and playing within that. He’s our quarterback. We felt like him at 70, 80 percent, whatever he is is our best option to beat a very good football team on the road.”

“I’m very confident how quickly it’s already (healed) from not being able to really walk the first two days this week to playing today,” Wentz said. “I’m very confident that we can progress this thing along.”

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The Eagles want Wentz to play as much as possible, based on the terms of the trade completed in February. In the deal, the Eagles received a conditional second-round draft pick from the Colts. The selection can become a first-round pick if Wentz plays more than 75% of the snaps, or if Wentz plays 70% of the snaps and the Colts make the playoffs.

Now for the really good part. The Colts are 0-3, meaning that if the Eagles get a first-round selection from Indianapolis, it could be a premium pick. The Colts are one of five NFL teams without a win this season. The others are the New York Jets, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions.

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