Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz posts video showing progress 99 days after ACL tear
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz throws before the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Ninety-nine days after Carson Wentz tore his ACL in a win over the Rams and 96 days after his season-ending surgery, the Philadelphia Eagles star posted an Instagram video of himself Monday flinging a football down the field.
Wentz, the Eagles’ 25-year-old franchise quarterback, said last month he hopes to return to game action by the regular-season opener in September. His progress thus far appears promising:
Carson’s back. Tell a friend.
(via IG/@cj_wentz) pic.twitter.com/QO7TUkfvCP
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) March 19, 2018
This isn’t the first time fans have seen Wentz throw since his injury. He threw flat-footed on the U.S. Bank Stadium field before the Eagles’ victory over the Patriots in the Super Bowl and offensive tackle Jason Peters posted a video last week showing the quarterback chuck a pass while seated in the team’s training room.
But this latest evidence of Wentz’s progress might get the Philly faithful a bit more excited, because in the clips, he’s stepping into passes. Wentz is wearing a brace on his left knee but appears in the video to be moving comfortably.
For the Eagles, Wentz’s rehab from this serious knee injury will dominate offseason conversation and could dictate their decision-making process, particularly as they weigh the benefits of trading Super Bowl MVP backup Nick Foles. However things shake out, Philadelphia has given every indication that Wentz remains the team’s long-term option at quarterback. There’s little debate about that.
Still, questions loom about Wentz’s availability for the early parts of the 2018 season and his extensive injury history. So each step of his return to the field will emerge as a talking point in Philadelphia.
In other words, prepare yourself for more videos and more speculation.
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