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Carson Wentz, Nick Foles transitioning into new roles

Injured Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11_ has taken a back seat to Nick Foles (9), but Wentz has remained engaged as he rehabs. Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire

PHILADELPHIA -- There were two things Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz wanted to do post-op: eat a double-stack burger and talk football.

Still woozy from the anesthesia following surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee last Wednesday, Wentz FaceTimed backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld to inquire about a new wrinkle in the playbook.

"It's like the first question: 'So what's this new play I saw in the emails?'" Sudfeld said, adding that Wentz proceeded to order a double burger during the conversation. "I was like, 'You sure you want to know right now?' Classic Carson."

If there was any doubt, the hunger has not left him.

Wentz has been taking small steps in his long road to recovery over the past week. He was back in the building on Tuesday. Time spent at the NovaCare Complex is short for now -- he's primarily there for rehab and out the door by around 9 a.m., according to coach Doug Pederson -- but that didn't stop him from taking in a team meeting and hanging out in the quarterback room with Sudfeld and his replacement, Nick Foles.

"The three of those guys are really close," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "I still remember Jim Kelly, who was the franchise future Hall of Fame quarterback [for the Bills]. It means so much to me to this day that when he got hurt, the support that he gave me. I know that's the kind of support that Carson is giving to Nick and Nate. I think it says a lot about that room, I think it says a lot about Carson that he wants to contribute however he can."

Reich says that Wentz has taken a back seat to allow Foles to command the stage.

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

Besides that initial conversation immediately following surgery, Sudfeld said that Wentz hasn't weighed in much when it comes to on-field business. The communication has been all about encouragement. According to center Jason Kelce, Wentz sent the entire team a text message before they took the field against the New York Giants last week. He struck a similar tone on social media.

It can't be an easy transition going from central command to the sideline, especially for an alpha male such as Wentz. Meanwhile, Foles is tasked with moving from backup to leader late in the season for a Super Bowl hopeful team, trying to take a firm grip on reins that he knows ultimately don't belong to him.

When asked if he feels like this is now his team and that he is "the guy" like he did when he was the starting QB in 2013 and '14, Foles paused for a moment before delivering his answer.

"I feel like [in terms of] the confidence level, absolutely. But this is Carson's team," he said. "That's just how I am. I respect Carson Wentz. I love that guy. I work with him every day, and I'm going to give him his respect because he is the franchise quarterback. My job right now as the starting quarterback is to lead these guys on the field, and I'm going to do that. I've been here, I've done that, I know what it entails, I know the responsibility. But this is Carson Wentz's team, and I respect him too much to make that statement.

"He's still very much involved. He loves football, he loves this team, he's the leader of this team, he's the quarterback of this franchise. He's going to be around. He's a huge presence, and he's a huge reason why we're in this position."