Now four months removed from his ACL and LCL tear and subsequent surgery, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is pleased with his rehabilitation.
Wentz, speaking on Tuesday for the first time publicly since Super Bowl week, said he’s begun the “running progression” portion of his rehab and his goal is still to be ready for Week 1 of the 2018 season. He doesn’t think he needs to play in the preseason.
“I’m feeling good with where I’m at and just trying to stay the course,” Wentz said. “Like I said late last season, it’s such a fluid process, it’s so hard to put a timeframe and a timetable on these things. I wish I knew as well. Things are going well and I’m happy with where I’m at.”
A few weeks ago, Wentz sent out a video on social media of him throwing and adding conditioning to his recovery is obviously a good sign. Wentz’s comments on Tuesday reflect what head coach Doug Pederson said last month, that Pederson was “encouraged” by Wentz’s progress.
Wentz, 25, still declined to go into specifics about a timetable for his return, but did stress the importance of taking things slowly and not trying to return too quickly.
“It’s part of it. It’s part of the process,” Wentz said. “If something feels really good, I’m like, 'Let’s do it.’ But you’ve just got to stay the course. You’ve seen the horror stories of people coming back too soon and those things. I can assure you that I’ll be smart about it.”
While Wentz’s athleticism made him an MVP candidate last season, there have been plenty of people who would prefer he change his style of play to preserve his body more. While Wentz said he’ll continue to learn how to protect his body, he’s not going to change his style. He said that emphatically on Tuesday.
Even if Wentz does return for Week 1, there seems to be a decent chance that he might be limited some in terms of his mobility and would then have to alter his style to become more of a pocket passer. Wentz didn’t entertain that thought on Tuesday afternoon.
“I guess we’ll see when the time comes,” he said. “I think I’ll be fine.”
Throughout the last few months, while he hasn’t been able to work on his conditioning, Wentz has been in the weight room, working on his strength by lifting and seated throwing. His upper body is stronger these days.
The closest Wentz has come to discussing a timetable is by now saying twice that his goal is to be ready for Week 1. Everyone else can play the timetable game, but Wentz tries to avoid it.
“I really try not to, honestly,” Wentz said. “I just try to take it one day at a time. Some days that’s easier said than done. You look at the big picture at times, but right now I’m not going to rush it, I’m going to be smart, I’m going to do everything I can to get back out there and take it one day at a time.”