Eagles QB Carson Wentz could be cleared for contact this week, might not play right away
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz might finally be cleared for contact this week following his ACL and LCL tears, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Although, it’s not a given that he will be thrown into the fray right away. The team is not in a hurry for Wentz to reclaim the starting quarterback spot, with several important figures on the team, including owner Jeffrey Lurie, preaching caution with their prized asset.
The Eagles’ camp has made it clear the Wentz is their franchise quarterback. The 25-year-old threw for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns last season, before tearing his ACL and LCL in the home stretch of the regular season.
The Eagles would be foolish to jeopardize Wentz’s long-term outlook, especially since his recovery has gone so well to date. Wentz’s trainer says that he looks just as good as last year in training, if not better.
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
“He probably will come back stronger and better than ever,” Adam Dedeaux, Wentz’s LA-based mechanics coach at 3DQB, told NFL.com. “He’s way ahead of everything, in part because he’s such a freak athlete. As he’s gotten healthy, it’s been abundantly clear he’s dedicated himself to the process. Even he’s surprised himself at how well the ball is coming out. The metrics the coaches around him are getting, it’s a tighter spin. He’s doing great.”
No matter how good his throws look, Wentz will have to be ready to take some hits when he gets on the field. Being cleared for contact will be a major step towards his return. The Eagles will take every precaution necessary to make sure he can lead their team for the next decade.