The Eagles got their leader back at practice in the NovaCare Complex today.
Shortly after practice began today, Wentz walked in. The Eagles quarterback was wearing a stabilizing brace, but did not have the cane that he had been using on the sideline of both the Divisional and Championship games the past two weeks.
It cannot be understated how important having the quarterback around has been to the Eagles. Quarterback Nick Foles once again expressed the impact that Wentz’s presence has on he and the rest of the team.
"Obviously, there's been some great adversity this year that he's gone through, the team's gone through. But Carson, specifically, just the way he's handled it has been amazing. His support for this team, for me personally whether it's in our meeting room, in walkthroughs, in practice, during the game, it's been outstanding.”
After meeting with media, Wentz told Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia that he tore his LCL in addition to his ACL.
Carson Wentz said he tore his LCL as well as his ACL. Says he doesn’t think it will significantly affect his recovery. #Eagles— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) January 26, 2018
The good news for fans is that this is not expected to delay Wentz’s comeback. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia reporter says that Wentz still plans to be ready for Week 1.
Carson Wentz on the timetable for his return: "It's hard to talk timetables because these are always fluid injuries and timetables always adjust depending upon where you're at. But I feel very confident. I truly believe my goal is to be ready for Week 1." #Eagles— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 26, 2018
Perhaps even more important is that Wentz told McLane he does not expect the injury to affect how he plays.
Asked if he will change the way he plays when he returns, Carson Wentz said no.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 26, 2018
Wentz told something similar to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Wentz: "I 100 percent believe I’ll be back better than ever, stronger ever, and with no looking back.”— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) January 26, 2018
Fans needn’t worry that Wentz is pushing himself too hard. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer spoke to medical staff about the likihood that Wentz will play Week 1 next season.
A medical source says it should be safe for Wentz to play by the season opener. He might not be 100 percent by that date, but should be able to play.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 26, 2018
The Philadelphia Eagles are lucky to have a leader like Wentz on their team who makes such massive contributions to the team, even when sidelined.