Chris Mortensen says that there is “much more optimism” inside the Eagles organization that QB Carson Wentz’s return is coming sooner than later.
While Wentz has not been ruled out for Week 2, it sounds “more realistic” that he could be back for their Week 3 matchup.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Eagles QB Carson Wentz hasn’t been ruled out for Week 2.
“There is much more optimism that prevails than pessimism,” said Mortensen, via PhillyVoice.com. “He hasn’t been ruled out for Week 2, (but) he hasn’t been cleared. I think that the organizational sources I’ve spoken with say they wouldn’t be surprised if he’s ready for Week 3.
“Now Wentz gave the Eagles’ aggressive defense a great scout team look, playing (the role of) Matt Ryan on the scout team. He got bumped around, he got stepped on. His GPS data is trending toward playing sooner than later. The key final piece of data is, can he protect himself?
“He has reached that threshold in being able to protect himself. So, sooner than later on Carson Wentz.”
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Eagles have not ruled out the possibility of Carson Wentz returning in the next few weeks and remain encouraged by his progress from the serious knee injury he suffered late last year.
While Wentz has still yet to be cleared for contact, La Canfora says that he continues to trend in the right direction and the plan moving forward is to evaluate him on a weekly basis.
A report from last week said that Wentz could end up missing “several more weeks” but La Canfora mentions that the Eagles have not ruled him out playing in September. Even so, they have not pinpointed a specific return date for Wentz at this point in time.
Wentz, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Eagles back in 2016. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $26.7 million contract that included a $16.7 million signing bonus.
Wentz stands to make base salaries of $2.87 million and $4.08 million over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2017, Wentz appeared in 13 games for the Eagles and threw for 3,296 yards while completing 60.2 percent of his passes to go along with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 299 yards.
We’ll have more regarding Wentz as the news is available.