Wentz (knee) is on track to return to action Week 3 against the Colts, pending final medical clearance, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
While Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier Sunday that Wentz would likely be cleared for contact during the upcoming week, there was less optimism that the Eagles would reinsert the third-year player as their starting quarterback immediately upon his return to full practice. Philadelphia has intended to take a cautious approach all along with their franchise signal-caller in his recovery from knee surgery, but Wentz may have convinced the team he was ready to play again after reportedly turning in an impressive practice last Wednesday. He'll likely ramp up his workload in the Eagles' subsequent sessions this week before meeting with his doctors for a final verdict on his availability for the matchup with Indianapolis. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will start Sunday's game against the Buccaneers before returning to the backup role next week if Wentz is deemed ready to go.
Wentz (knee) could be cleared to return to contact drills at some point during the upcoming week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Wentz's progression to contact work represents the final hurdle in his recovery from surgery to repair his ACL, but that doesn't necessarily mean the Eagles will reinstall him as their starting quarterback immediately after he resumes practicing in full. Since the Eagles are inclined to prioritize the long-term health of Wentz -- whom the organization ideally views as its signal-caller for the next decade -- and have a viable replacement option on hand in Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, it could be a few weeks before Wentz makes his 2018 debut. Expect a firmer target date for Wentz's return to come into focus once he turns in his first full practice.
Wentz (knee) is expected to remain inactive for the Eagles' Week 2 matchup with the Buccaneers after head coach Doug Pederson named Nick Foles the team's starting quarterback Wednesday, Dave Spadaro of the team's official site reports.
According to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Wentz still has yet to be cleared for contact in practices, so it's no surprise the Eagles are planning to proceed with Foles as their top signal-caller for the second straight week. The Eagles have thus far been reluctant to issue a firm target date for Wentz's season debut, and that's unlikely to change while he remains a spectator during 11-on-11 drills. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported Tuesday that Wentz hasn't experienced any setbacks in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered in Week 14 of last season, but the Eagles aren't inclined to rush their franchise quarterback back into action until they're confident he's 100 percent healthy.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Wentz (knee) isn't expected to return for "several weeks."
Ultimately, the Eagles' medical staff is guiding the decision-making process with Wentz, who suffered ACL and LCL tears in his left knee last season. He has technically entered the window for a return considering precedents set by other players, but the team is being "overly cautious" with its franchise signal-caller. As he stands for the season opener -- inactive -- Wentz regularly has been involved in 11-on-11 drills but still awaits clearance for contact. For the time being, Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles will direct the offense.
Wentz (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Monday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
The Eagles have already opted to roll with Nick Foles in Week 1, taking the advice of the team's medical staff regarding Wentz's recovery from his Week 13 ACL tear last season. It's unclear if Wentz's participation Monday included contact, but receiving a limited tag likely indicates he hasn't taken that step.
|4||9/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/11/18||@ NYG||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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