Carson Wentz On Week 1: “It’s Going To Be Close”

Carson Wentz is already likely to sit out the entirety of the preseason as he recovers from a December ACL injury, but the Eagles quarterback today admitted that he may not be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, either.

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“I obviously would love to be out there,” Wentz said, per Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “That’s been my goal all offseason ever since the injury. It’s going to be close. It’s going to be close. I’m still eyeing that date. At the end of the day, it’s not just my decision. There’s coaches and doctors that really have the final say. I really like where I’m at and time will tell here.”

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson would prefer Wentz handles a week of 11-on-11 work before playing in a regular season game, tweets Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Wentz, for his part, told reporters he expects to be cleared for 11-on-11 sessions next week, although that won’t entail him being cleared for contact, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer (Twitter link).

Heading into Week 1 without Wentz, who was playing at an MVP-caliber level in 2017 before injuring his knee, clearly isn’t preferable, but the Eagles do have Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in tow as a more-than-capable reserve. Other quarterbacks on Philadelphia’s roster include Nate SudfeldJoe Callahan and the recently-signed Christian Hackenberg.

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7 comments on “Carson Wentz On Week 1: “It’s Going To Be Close”

  1. Domino427

    No mention of Nate Sudfeld, who actually played in week 17 last year, and that the coaching staff loves?

  2. afsooner02

    That’s translation for “I’m nowhere close to being ready but we might as well milk this and make teams prepare for 2 QBs instead of one.”

    • crosseyedlemon

      The Eagles really don’t need to resort to that kind of deception. They have led the league in time of possession the past 2 seasons and have a dominate OL. It’s a nice situation for any QB they start behind center.

  3. I’m the opposite of an Eagles fan, but either way I think it would be foolish to play Wentz in week 1 if he doesn’t play at all in the preseason. He’s going to need a few weeks of solid practice before he gets the feel for the game back. They happen to have another QB on the roster that can start for a handful of teams in the league, he’s a good operator. I think you leave Foles in there until week 3 or 4. I expect them to do that.

    • crosseyedlemon

      “I’m the opposite of an Eagles fan.”

      It’s just wrong to have so little pride in your team that you won’t even name them. A new season is about to start so take the paper bag off your head and proudly proclaim GO GIANTS GO!

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