WESTFIELD – For the next 5 to 12 weeks, Jacob Eason’s the man.
That’s because for the next 5 to 12 weeks, Carson Wentz’s focus will be on rehabilitation following surgery to remove a fragment of a broken bone in his left foot. The surgery was scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday and handled by David Porter, the team’s orthopedic surgeon.
Sunday, Frank Reich took aside Eason, the Indianapolis Colts’ unquestioned backup quarterback heading into training camp, and essentially handed him new marching orders.
Hey, man, it’s your show. Let’s go.
“The job is Jacob’s right now,’’ Reich said after Monday’s practice at Grand Park Sports Campus. “He’s gotta prove it. He knows that. He has to prepare like he’s starting week 1. We don’t know if that’ll happen or not, but he’s gotta be ready.
“He’s in the driver’s seat. He’s getting the reps with the 1s and I’m believing that’s going to work out the way we want it to work out.’’
That would be a nice change, since nothing’s worked out as expected during the early portion of training camp.
That began with Reich missing the first week after a positive test for COVID-19; Pro Bowl center Ryan Kelly hyperextending his left elbow, an injury expected to sideline him for two weeks; All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard yet to practice following offseason ankle surgery; and now, Wentz requiring surgery that threatens his availability for the Sept. 12 season opener against the Seattle Seahawks.
Wentz suffered the injury last Thursday – to the left metatarsal – during team drills when he felt a twinge while rolling to his right, planting and throwing.
MRI scans were taken and reviewed by Dr. Porter and noted foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson. Everyone agreed the issue involved a broken bone in Wentz’s left foot that probably dated back to his high school days.
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