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February 23, 2018

'When will Carson Wentz be ready to play again' tracker

Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have won their first ever Super Bowl, fans, media, and the team can just enjoy a nice, calm, drama-free offseason, right?

Come on, now. You should know better than that.

Because the Eagles have a very interesting situation at quarterback, what with the young, star quarterback (Carson Wentz) rehabbing an ACL tear, and the backup quarterback (Nick Foles) leading the team to the Super Bowl, surely there was going to be trade speculation. 

In the early going, there have been some outrageous suggestions on what trade compensation should be for Foles. And so, rather than write an article every single time some jamoke proposed something outrageous, we introduced the 'Insane Nick Foles (and other Eagles player) trade take tracker.'

Similarly, there is going to be a wide assortment of speculation on when Carson Wentz will be able to play in a regular season game all offseason long. So again, in the interest of saving myself the trouble of writing a new article every single time some doctor, teammate, Wentz himself, or a miniaturized guy injected into his knee has something to say, we'll just add it here.

January 26: Carson Wentz 'confident' he'll play in Eagles' 2018 opener

“It’s hard to talk about timetables because these kinds of things are fluid,’’ the Eagles quarterback told reporters. “But I feel very confident, I truly believe, my goal is to be ready for Week 1. I’m going to push and do everything I can to be ready, and I’m confident in that.’’

That was via Paul Domowitch of the Daily News. Interestingly, Domo's partner in crime Les Bowen was able to get a source to tell him the Eagles feel the same way.

An Eagles medical source corroborated Wentz’s recovery timetable to the Inquirer’s and Daily News’ Les Bowen Friday. The source told Bowen that Wentz should be ready for the start of the season. He added that the quarterback won’t be 100 percent by then, but that it will be safe for him to play.

February 21: Doctor goes on WIP warning that Wentz's injury is 'RG3 equivalent,' and that he'll have to wear a brace the rest of his career

You've all seen this by now, I'd assume, but if not, you can listen to the entire interview here. Dr. John Kelly warned that because there was also an LCL tear and other ligament damage, he would be "lighting candles" for Wentz, and to expect a recovery of "nine, ten, eleven months."

Well, alright.

Back on January 19, Dr. David Chao, a former NFL doctor who has been dead-on with many of his injury prognoses from afar, accurately sniffed out that Wentz injured more than just his ACL. He correctly surmised that it was likely that a number of other ligaments were also damaged, specifically his LCL, based on Wentz's need for a brace five weeks after surgery.

Still, even with the additional damage in Wentz's knees, Dr. Chao said the following:

"Wentz still could be on track to perform as a pocket quarterback by the start of the season. It would take longer (to mid- or late-season) to become the same run/pass threat he has been."

What the two doctors are saying really isn't all that different. One had a more analytical approach, while the other spoke with a doom and gloom tone. 

February 21: Doug Pederson says the Eagles will take the 'Sidney Jones' approach with Wentz

Appearing on the Rich Eisen podcast (and transcribed by BGN), Pederson discussed Wentz's rehab for the first time since the Eagles won the Super Bowl..

"You know, we’re optimistic, obviously. I don’t want to put a time table on him. Obviously, he’s working extremely hard. He’s in the weight room, he’s getting his rehab done. He’s looking good but at the same time, I’m not going to rush him. You know, like we did with Sidney Jones [in 2017], I don’t want to put him out there if he’s not 100%. So, optimistic that, you know, that that could come to fruition. But again, we’ll be smart about it, and we’ll put him out there when he’s ready."

To be continued...

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