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.
Wentz, who is bouncing back from having his ACL and LCL repaired, believes that he'll be ready in time for the start of the 2018 campaign, CBS Philly reports.
Wentz, who suffered his season-ending knee injury back on Dec. 10, still has a brace on his left leg at this stage, per ESPN's Tim McManus, but on the plus side, the QB has shed the cane he had been using to get around. Given that Wentz was hurt so late in the 2017 season, it's not a lock that he'll be a go by Week 1, with the typical recovery period for his injury generally in the 9-to-12 month range. In Wentz's absence, veteran backup Nick Foles has led the Eagles to Super Bowl LII. Foles remains under contract with Philadelphia in 2018 and has proven to be a capable enough signal-caller for the Eagles to proceed deliberately with Wentz, who remains the team's undisputed franchise QB.
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.
Wentz underwent surgery in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to repair the torn ACL in his left knee, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
The Eagles have yet to issue an update following Wentz's procedure, but the expectation is that the surgery went as anticipated. A clearer timetable on Wentz's return to full football activities should emerge at some point during the offseason, but if his rehab goes according to plan, there's a good chance the franchise signal caller will be ready to play Week 1 of the 2018 season. The Eagles will turn to Nick Foles to start the final three games of the regular season and for the duration of the team's postseason run.
Wasting no time with manipulation of the 53-man roster, Wentz is heading to season-ending IR due to the torn left ACL stemming from Sunday's road win against the Rams. He awaits surgery on the region, at which point doctors can map out a recovery timetable. Assuming he lands within the typical 9-to-12 month plan, his return could occur between mid-August and mid-November. With the Eagles eyeing the No. 1 seed in the NFC side of the postseason, head coach Doug Pederson will trust in Nick Foles to achieve that goal.
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