Wentz said Tuesday that he has begun the running portion of his rehab from a torn ACL in his left knee, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. There's no evidence Wentz is running on the field, meaning he likely is contained to an Alter-G treadmill in order to rebuild strength and movement in the knee. During Tuesday's media session, he added there isn't a specific timetable for his return to the field, but Week 1 remains "the goal," according to Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal. Wentz is confident he doesn't have to make an appearance in the preseason to achieve that objective, but he'd be beating the most optimistic timeline after tearing up his knee Dec. 10. As long as Wentz remains in recovery mode, Super Bowl LII hero Nick Foles will direct the Eagles offense.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday that Wentz (knee) won't join the team for its offseason program during the spring, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Earlier this month, Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman wouldn't commit to Wentz being on the field in Week 1 of the upcoming season, so the signal caller's absence from OTAs doesn't really come as a surprise. While his teammates reconvene at the Eagles' facilities in April, Wentz will continue to rehab his surgically repaired left knee with the hope of being available in some capacity for the beginning of training camp. Even without any setbacks in his recovery in the coming months, Wentz would still likely be held out of contact drills in the initial weeks of camp, thereby allowing Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles and third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld to pick up more snaps.
Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said Wednesday that he was uncertain that Wentz (knee) would be ready to start Philadelphia's season opener, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports. Wentz is less than three months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL in mid-December, so the Eagles likely won't have a better idea on a return timeline for the quarterback until after their offseason program concludes. Though Nick Foles performed admirably in the postseason in Wentz's stead while leading Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl title, the 2016 No. 2 overall pick is in no danger of losing his starting job after submitting an MVP-worthy campaign prior to suffering the season-ending injury in Week 14. That being said, until there's more clarity on when Wentz will be able to return to the field, the Eagles could be reluctant to shop Foles around to other quarterback-needy teams.
Wentz is expected to start weight-bearing exercises on his left knee Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Wentz put the Eagles into a position to end the regular season as the No. 1 seed in the NFC, churning out 10 wins in the first 12 outings before tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee Week 14. In his stead, Nick Foles has guided the team to Super Bowl LII, with Wentz providing support from the sideline. In the days following the contest, Wentz will take a significant step in his rehab. The aforementioned weight-bearing work will happen with his knee brace unlocked for the first time since sustaining the season-ending injuries. Once he reaches this point in his recovery, he can continue onward as if he suffered just a torn ACL. Per one of Rapoport's sources, there's a "realistic" shot Wentz will be able to suit up for Week 1 of the 2018 campaign. The comment comes on the heels of his surgeon, Dr. James Bradley, telling the Eagles that barring a setback, Wentz should be a participant at some point in training camp. Wentz's progress in the coming months will determine when he'll make his next in-game appearance.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said Wednesday that the surgery Wentz (knee) required to repair a torn ACL went "very well," Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Wentz wasted no time in going under the knife, as his surgery came just two days after he was diagnosed with the ligament damage in his left knee. Lurie said that Wentz opted to have the procedure done as quickly as possible so he could begin rehabbing in advance of the 2018 season. It's too early for the Eagles to offer up a firm timetable for Wentz's return, but even if he makes a speedy recovery, he'll still likely face limitations on some level when training camp opens in the summer.
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