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Carson Wentz might get cleared soon, but reportedly might not play

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Carson Wentz might get cleared soon, but reportedly might not play

Updated 11:55 a.m.

For the last several months, most of us have assumed that when Carson Wentz is cleared to play, he’ll play. 

Maybe not. 

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Wentz could be cleared for contact this week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll play in Week 3. 

From Rapoport: 

“The team is not in a rush for Wentz to play and there are several key, influential voices who have been preaching caution — including owner Jeffrey Lurie.”

Lurie has long been a supporter of Nick Foles and his hesitation to bring back Wentz for fear of re-injury does make a little sense. 

But while Foles is a good backup quarterback, there’s a big difference between him and Wentz. To me, when Wentz is ready to play, he should absolutely play. I understand that the further away from injury he gets, the better his chances of staying healthy are, but he’s going to have to play eventually. The Eagles aren’t going to hold him out this entire season. And if the doctors say he’s good to go and he says he’s good to go, why wait? 

I guess the Eagles are thinking they might have to protect Wentz from himself. They are clearly thinking about the future of the franchise, not a Week 3 game against the Colts. 

However, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Wentz is on track to return vs. the Colts.

In the last two weeks, Wentz has been practicing in a limited fashion (taking scout team reps), while Foles gets the full complement of reps with the first-team offense. Back in late training camp, the two split those first-team reps. 

The report from NFL Network says that Wentz “will be fighting for the chance to play,” which shouldn’t surprise anyone who knows anything about the Eagles’ young franchise quarterback. He originally set a goal of Week 1 for his return but has already missed the first two weeks. 

It’s now been over nine months since Wentz tore his ACL and LCL and had surgery to repair both. 

Before the start of the regular season, Dr. James Bradley, Wentz’s surgeon, preached caution to NBC Sports Philadelphia (see story). While Bradley isn’t making the decisions, the Eagles’ doctors do confer with him. 

It has been impressive to watch Wentz attack his rehab this offseason. Even in training camp and warming up before games, he’s looked very impressive, which makes me think he’ll be just fine when he gets the go-ahead to return to action. 

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Eagles vs. Patriots live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 11 game

Eagles vs. Patriots live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 11 game

6:39 p.m.: Things aren’t going well for the Eagles’ offense: 

6:27 p.m.: The Eagles just went 3-and-out after the Patriots scored. After their touchdown drive, the Eagles’ offense has been awful. On their four drives since the 95-yard touchdown drive, the Eagles have just 14 yards of offense. 

6:21 p.m.: The Patriots just drove down the field and got in the end zone with a trick play. On 3rd-and-11 from the Eagles’ 15-yard line, Tom Brady pass it back to Julian Edelman, who threw a pass to Phillip Dorsett in the end zone for a touchdown. The Patriots went 84 yards and took all the juice out of the Linc. 

The worst play on the drive for the Eagles came on a terrible tackling attempt from Nathan Gerry. He had the runner for a loss and couldn’t tackle; the Eagles lost 25 yards on that. 

Early in the third: Patriots 17, Eagles 10 

6 p.m.: The Eagles had a chance to move the ball into field goal range but instead, Carson Wentz took a sack and then fumbled a bad snap and was sacked again. At halftime, the Eagles’ defense is doing it’s job but the offense is having trouble. That was expected. 

Not a ton of offense from either team in the first half. The Patriots out-gained the Eagles 121-111. 

Give credit to Jim Schwartz’s unit. Two of the Patriots’ field goal possessions started in Eagles’ territory. 

At half: Eagles 10, Patriots 9 

5:53 p.m.: After Carson Wentz fumbled to give the Patriots the ball at the Eagles’ 22-yard line, the Eagles held on the ensuing drive, giving up 1 net yard. The Patriots settled for a field goal. 

By the way, Lane Johnson (concussion) is out for the rest of the game. 

Late in the half: Eagles 10, Patriots 9

5:43 p.m.: The Patriots had a short field and got down the Eagles’ 4-yard line to set up a 1st-and-goal and the Eagles held them to a a field goal. Sure, Julian Edelman dropped a touchdown, but still, there was solid defense. 

There’s 3:21 left in the half: Eagles 10, Patriots 6 

5:31 p.m.: Lane Johnson is being evaluated for a concussion and it questionable to return. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is in at right tackle. 

5:24 p.m.: The Patriots are on the board, but the Eagles’ defense held them out of the end zone. The Eagles gave up consecutive 3rd-and-10s on that drive, one on a pass and one on a DPI, but had great coverage on a 3rd-and-7 to force a field goal. 

Still 8:37 left in the half: Eagles 10, Patriots 3 

5:11 p.m.: That was a monster drive from the Eagles. They went 95 yards on 16 plays in 9:33 and punched in a touchdown on a 5-yarder from Carson Wentz to Dallas Goedert. Beautiful drive. The refs initially ruled the touchdown an INT, but rightfully reversed the call. 

Eagles are up two scores. 

In the second: Eagles 10, Patriots 0 

5 p.m.: The first quarter is over and the Eagles shut out the Patriots in the first. They are in the middle of a monster drive. 

After 1: Eagles 3, Patriots 0 

4:43 p.m.: Jason Peters has two big penalties already. His return from missing three games isn’t going well so far. 

4:30 p.m.: The Eagles get on the board first with a Jake Elliott 42-yard field goal. The Eagles went 51 yards on four plays, but the big play was a long DPI on Jason McCourty as he tried to cover Boston Scott down the field. 

Still early in the first: Eagles 3, Patriots 0 

4:22 p.m.: And a flyover! 

3:50 p.m.: We’re getting closer. I promise. 

2:55 p.m.: No real surprises on the Eagles' inactive list since we already knew Jordan Howard was out: 

2:47 p.m.: The Cowboys have a 24-14 lead over the Lions at halftime. That’s bad news for the Eagles but not unexpected. 

2:43 p.m.: Plenty of scenes from early warmups at the Linc:

1:37 p.m.: Big stop by the Lions in the red zone against the Cowboys, preserving a 7-3 lead in the first quarter. I won’t be able to watch this game but it’s a huge one for the Eagles. Not only do they have to root against the Cowboys every week, but the Lions are a common opponent to which the Eagles already lost. 

1:23 p.m.: I have arrived to Lincoln Financial Field. There are three hours to go until kickoff. 

Meanwhile, the Lions are up 7-0 in the first quarter over the Cowboys. 

8:41 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! The Eagles have an unusual 4:25 p.m. start today, so we have a little bit of waiting on our hands. 

The big news as you woke up this morning was that Jordan Howard (shoulder) will reportedly be out for this game. He has a stinger and hasn't yet been cleared for contact. That means Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and recently signed Jay Ajayi will have to carry the load.

As you wait for kickoff today, here are five matchups to watch in Eagles-Patriots.

At least we have Cowboys-Lions to watch at 1 p.m. 

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Lane Johnson is out for rest of game vs. Patriots

Lane Johnson is out for rest of game vs. Patriots

Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson was taken into the locker room in the second quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion.

The Eagles say Johnson is out for the rest of the game.

That means Halapoulivaati Vaitai is in to replace him at right tackle. Remember, Jason Peters is back at left tackle this week after missing the last three starts. Presumably, Andre Dillard is now the backup swing tackle. Matt Pryor is the Eagles' only other active offensive lineman today.

There’s no sugar-coating this: Losing Johnson is a huge blow for the Eagles, but Vaitai is at least an experienced backup.

Coming into this game, Johnson had played every offensive snap for the Eagles this season.

The Eagles are up 10-3 in the second quarter with Johnson out of the game.

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