There was a special guest in the bubble at the NovaCare Complex shortly after the Eagles began practice on Friday. 

Carson Wentz, wearing a big stabilizing brace on his left leg, walked down the sideline without a cane to watch some of practice as the Eagles continued their preparations for the Super Bowl on Feb. 4. 

After watching drills for a couple minutes, Wentz had a conversation with special teams coordinator Dave Fipp before reporters were ushered out of practice. 

Wentz, who tore his left ACL on Dec. 10, has been around the team for past month and a half, but Friday was the first time he's appeared during the portion of practice open to the media. It was also the first time he's been seen walking without his cane, which was resting in his locker earlier in the week. 

For the last two games, Wentz has been able to stand on the sideline to help Nick Foles between drives. Foles said Wentz's support "means everything." 

"The relationship just continues to grow," Foles said. "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. 


"I know he's continuing to grow as a player. I know everything he's going through right now will make him an even more dynamic player and person." 

The only Eagles player not at Friday's practice was defensive tackle Tim Jernigan. It's unclear why he was absent, but the team will release an injury report later in the day. 

Kenjon Barner, who had a sick day on Thursday, returned to practice. Jay Ajayi (ankle), who was limited on Thursday, was back on the field Friday.