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Carson Wentz ready to help recruit LeBron James to Sixers

Carson Wentz ready to help recruit LeBron James to Sixers

Last week, Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz were spotted in Cleveland for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. 

Ertz said the two Eagles were in attendance for just one reason: to recruit (see story)

After Wednesday’s practice at the NovaCare Complex, Wentz was asked if he’d be willing to join some sort of welcoming committee for LeBron James in Philly. 

The Eagles’ franchise quarterback didn’t hesitate. 

“Absolutely,” Wentz said. “I hope he’s coming. Ertz and I were there the other night. Unfortunately, he lost and everything. I didn’t really care who won in that game. But seeing that, seeing him live, we decided to make it a recruiting trip.”

Wentz said he and Ertz didn’t get a chance to talk to James, who will become a free agent after his Cavs were swept by the Warriors. 

“Hopefully he knows we were there,” Wentz said. 

Wentz will be stuck in Philly over the next five weeks to rehab while the rest of his teammates will be spread out across the country during the longest downtime in the NFL schedule. 

If he’s already in town, maybe he can help to get James into town. Philly fans will allow Wentz to take a break from his budding friendship with Millville’s Mike Trout. 

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Carson Wentz has 'stress' fracture in back, needs 3 month recovery

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Carson Wentz has 'stress' fracture in back, needs 3 month recovery

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson on Friday confirmed starting quarterback Carson Wentz does have a stress fracture in his back. 

Pederson called the injury one that “has evolved over time” and will not require surgery. The injury will heal on its own. 

Even though Wentz will officially be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, the full length of recovery is expected to be around three months and he expects a full recovery. 

Wentz will travel to LA with the team, despite the long flight, but Pederson said the team wouldn’t put Wentz out there if there’s risk of future injury. It seems obviously very likely that Nick Foles will start on Sunday. 

While Wentz first appeared on the injury report with a back injury in October, a scan on Tuesday picked up the fracture. Pederson would not say when the injury first occurred. 

(More coming…) 

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5 matchups to watch as Eagles try to save their season against Rams

5 matchups to watch as Eagles try to save their season against Rams

The Eagles (6-7) are clinging to their playoff hopes, but now they’ll have to head to LA to take on the Rams (11-2), who are coming off a loss to the Bears on Sunday Night Football.

This obviously won’t be an easy game for the Birds.

Here are five matchups to watch on Sunday:

Andrew Whitworth vs. Michael Bennett

While Bennett has taken plenty of snaps inside this year, he’s been starting at right defensive end since Derek Barnett’s season ended and Bennett has been great. Even though he’s been playing through a foot injury that has limited him during the week, his production hasn’t dipped. He leads the Eagles with eight sacks and had 1 1/2 last week against the Cowboys. The Eagles didn’t win that game, but he was great.

Whitworth is 37 now, but he’s in his second year in LA after having a third-straight Pro Bowl season in 2017. That Rams’ line looked a little shaky against the Bears’ tremendous pass rush, but this individual battle should be fun.

Aaron Donald vs. Stefen Wisniewski

While we’ve talked so much about Carson Wentz this week, another injury that has gotten lost is Isaac Seumalo’s pec. If he can’t play, Wiz will start at left guard. That might not sound like a bad thing, but Seumalo has quietly been playing much better than you might think he has. There was a pretty big drop-off in Dallas when he went out.

And this week, he’ll have to face the best defensive player (or maybe overall player?) in the NFL. Donald already has a career-high 16 1/2 sacks and has been an absolute game-wrecker. He has the ability from an interior lineman position to completely change a football game.

Todd Gurley vs. Eagles’ linebackers

A week after seeing Zeke Elliott, it doesn’t get any easier. Add Gurley to the list of elite running backs the Eagles will try to slow down this season. Through 13 games, Gurley already has 1,203 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns to go along with 49 catches for 504 yards and four more scores. He’s a dynamic and scary player to face. And he happens to be coming off his worst game of the season. He’s going to be hungry in this one.

And the Eagles are still going to be without Jordan Hicks (calf) in this game. That means Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill are going to be the guys in the game, especially because the Rams never leave 11 personnel. That means no playing time for Nate Gerry.

Brandin Cooks vs. Rasul Douglas

Give Douglas a ton of credit. He had a really good game in Dallas last Sunday, even though he gave up the game-winning touchdown on sort of a fluky play in overtime. Douglas has certainly had an up-and-down season as he tries to prove he can be a starter in this league. With Jalen Mills now on IR, Douglas will get to start the rest of the season.

Big test on Sunday against Cooks, who has gone over 1,000 receiving yards for the fourth straight season for his third different team. He’s just super productive. For his career, he’s averaged over 14 yards per reception, but is up to 15.9 this season. At times, Douglas has struggled in coverage, so he’ll need to stick with Cooks … unless Malcolm Jenkins just knocks him out of the game again.

Nick Foles vs. the Rams’ D

Since it looks like Wentz is out for at least this game, it’ll be the Super Bowl MVP’s turn to lead the Eagles. The fact that it’s happening again at the LA Coliseum isn’t lost on the Eagles either. When he entered the Rams game last year, he completed 6 of 10 passes for 42 yards before becoming the starter and leading the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl win. If the Eagles get hot and make it to the playoffs this year, it will mean that Foles got hot again.

Everyone should be bummed that Wentz isn’t playing, but I think it’s natural to be excited to see what Foles can do.

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