Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has seen a noticeable dip in his practice time over the past two days. He hasn't participated in the last three 11-on-11 sessions. He has taken just 12 total team reps in that span. By comparison, he took 21 reps on the third day of camp alone.
Although quarterback Carson Wentz's involvement in practice has decreased recently, everything is going as planned according to him and head coach Doug Pederson.After seeing a significant amount of action in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills in the first days of Training Camp, quarterback Carson Wentz has played less in the last three practices as the full pads came on and hitting began. "My understanding is the coaches, trainers and everybody just want to stay in a more controlled environment right now with where we're at and everything, so that's what we're doing," Wentz said following practice.
After practice, head coach Doug Pederson tried to ease concerns about Wentz and his recovery from his surgically repaired ACL. "Listen, I’m very encouraged, obviously, where he’s at," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "What I saw last week is enough to ease my mind. I don’t need to see him in 11-on-11 drills right now. He’s progressing extremely well. I don’t want to subject him to any setback or anything like that. I want to keep him progressing and moving forward. Those couple of days that we had with him (in 11-on-11s) were very exciting, very encouraging for me."
Wentz, injured on Dec. 10, talked in the spring of how he’d never experienced an injury rehab longer than a few months and of the patience he was forced to develop. It was evident Wednesday that after working 11-on-11, going back to bouncing up and down on the balls of his feet while watching the other three QBs work has not been fun.
Carson Wentz is only 7½ months removed from surgery to repair two torn knee ligaments, said the goal is still for him to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, on Sept. 6 against Atlanta. Pederson wouldn't give a timetable, but is obviously working toward that date with Wentz as well.