Wentz (knee) said he is very confident he will be ready for Week 1.
While he presumably hasn't progressed to cutting or agility work, the 25-year-old quarterback did begin a running program at some point in April. Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Wentz recently sent film to QB gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, who said that his throwing mechanics appear unchanged. Despite the consistent positivity so far, Wentz's recovery will require close monitoring in the coming months, as the timing of his ACL tear in December will make it a challenge to be ready for Week 1. He'll likely be limited or unavailable when the Eagles open training camp in late July.
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.
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.
Wentz, who sported a knee brace on his left knee Monday, has said that his goal is to be ready for the team's season opener, but given that he underwent his surgery back in mid-December, that timetable may be pushing things. In any case, as things stand, the Eagles can afford to proceed deliberately with Wentz, thanks to the continued roster presence of Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. By the time most fantasy drafts and auctions occur, there should be added clarity with regard to Wentz's status, but it's also conceivable that his Week 1/early-season game-playing availability could go down to the wire.
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.
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