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Carson Wentz is back in the building

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Carson Wentz is back in the building

A torn ACL isn't going to keep Carson Wentz away from the Eagles

Less than a week after having surgery to repair his torn left ACL, Wentz was back at the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday morning. It was the first time he was back in the quarterback meeting room since his injury in Los Angeles on Dec. 10. 

"Obviously, first and foremost, it's about his rehab," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said Tuesday afternoon. "But that's a tight-knit room. In these rooms, players are close. The three of those guys are really close. First and foremost, take care of rehab. Second, support Nick (Foles) and Nate (Sudfeld)."

It shouldn't be much of a surprise that Wentz is staying involved. Last Wednesday, just after his surgery, he FaceTimed with Foles and Sudfeld and asked about some new plays. According to Sudfeld, Wentz was still loopy from the anesthesia (see story).

Because of his lack of mobility for now, Wentz probably won't be on the sidelines for games anytime soon, but he's going to be around the team as often as he can. He's just the latest injured leader — after Darren Sproles, Jordan Hicks, Jason Peters and Chris Maragos — to stay involved after a season-ending injury. 

Reich said he still remembers how involved Jim Kelly was in 1992 after Kelly suffered a knee injury that forced him out of action to start the playoffs. Reich was the backup and led the Bills to two playoff wins in Kelly's absence. Twenty-six years later, Reich said that support from Kelly still means a lot to him. 

"And I know that's the kind of support Carson is giving to Nick and to Nate," Reich said. 

While Wentz was back in the quarterback meeting room for the first time on Tuesday, it wasn't exactly business as usual. After all, he's now in the room as an extra voice, but he's no longer the starter. The dynamic has to change. The week of preparation is all about getting Foles ready to play and Sudfeld ready to step in if necessary.

Wentz is basically just an extra coach now.  

"He knows that Nick's the guy and that's the way it has to be," Reich said. "The great thing is that it's so comfortable in there, such a good dynamic. He's not gonna ever be a wallflower. He's gonna talk and we're gonna laugh and he's going to give a couple ideas. But it's a really good dynamic." 

2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles don’t get a receiver in the first round

2020 NFL mock draft: Eagles don’t get a receiver in the first round

Everyone knows the Eagles are in need of receivers, but what happens if the top guys are all off the board? 

In his latest mock draft, Andrew Kulp explores that possibility. He has the top four receivers in the class going in the top 20, which leaves the Eagles to find a new strategy. 

So the Birds don’t get a top-notch receiver but they do get an athletic and versatile player at a clear position of need. 

Here’s the latest mock draft from Kulp: 

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles miss out on first-round receiver 

 

Terrell Owens makes it clear there’s no reconciliation coming with Donovan McNabb

Terrell Owens makes it clear there’s no reconciliation coming with Donovan McNabb

As a bunch of people try to figure out ways to stay in shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens offered his driveway sit-up routine that he made famous back in 2005. 

In a tweet on Monday, Owens tagged a bunch of celebrities in the post and included NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, which lead to a lengthy interview on Tuesday. 

Of course, Clark had to bring up Owens’ response to one fan who asked why he didn’t tag Donovan McNabb in the workout tweet. 

Yeah, the gloves are off, but they’ve been off for a while. 

Here’s what Owens had to say: 

I’m just trying to have fun with the situation. I think everybody is aware of how … I wouldn’t say toxic, our relationship is, but at this point, it is what it is. I really considered him a friend, a teammate at one point in time. Over the years, I think the relationship has deteriorated to the point to where right now, I just don’t care anymore. I’ve tried to be the bigger person in a situation but then recent events, he came out and did an interview and started bringing up and rehashing certain things. In the back of my mind, I’m like ’this is what he really kind of thought about me the whole entire time.’ Now I’m like ‘the hell with it.’ I’m just gonna go with whatever flows at this point.

Owens, 46, brought up an interview McNabb gave a couple months ago to Bleacher Report in which he said Owens’ antics were a “major distraction” for the team.

When Clark brought up the idea that maybe he could get the two together on a Zoom call to hash all this out, Owens said, “Absolutely not.” 

So there you have it. 

Anyway, Owens shared his workout plan on Monday and then got into a little detail about the original driveway press conference during his interview with Clark: 

“I just tried to make light of a situation, especially being sent home from Lehigh where I was in training camp,” Owens said. “Andy Reid and I, we kind of bumped heads and we clashed a little bit and we had a disagreement about something. He told me to go home and then when he told me that, he goes, ‘make sure you stay in shape.’ So that was really the reason behind me bringing the ab bench out.”

Owens said he didn’t expect to arrive to his Moorestown, New Jersey, home and see a bunch of media members. But he thought about a way to poke fun of the situation and the impromptu press conference with his then-agent Drew Rosenhaus came to mind. 

And now 15 years later, it’s providing a little levity during a tough time. 

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