Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has confirmed quarterback Carson Wentz will be active in the next stage of organised team activities.
On Wednesday, Pederson said Wentz will be ready to take part in the 7-on-7 portion of the team’s preparations, despite suffering a torn ACL less than six months ago.
Wentz has been confident that he will return by Week 1 of the NFL season – three months from now – and this news is another encouraging sign.
Pederson said he was happy with the 25-year-old’s progression so far, explaining “part of the rehab process with him is giving him a little more – I don’t want to say freedom – but a little more practice time.”
“And one of the controlled environments that we can, obviously, put him in is a 7-on-7 situation.
“So being able to sprinkle him in and just watch him more in an up-tempo type of practice, in those situations, has been good. We’ll continue to do that these next two days and next week and just keep building as we go.”
Wentz stood on the sidelines for the Eagles’ stunning playoff run as Nick Foles became Super Bowl MVP, and Foles has been running with the first team so far this offseason. But Wentz will be the starter if he is healthy.
And although he has been wearing a brace on his left knee, he has looked agile for this point in his comeback. However, Pederson said he won’t rush back his star QB or any of his veterans returning from injury.
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Along with Wentz, Philadelphia were without left tackle Jason Peters, running back Darren Sproles, linebacker Jordan Hicks and special teamer Chris Maragos for most of the season.
“Listen, we’re going slow,” Pederson said. “We’re not pushing any one of these players to get back. We’re taking it slow, and we’re going to make sure they’re 100 per cent.”
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