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Carson Wentz's surgeon on Eagles' decision: 'What's a few games over 12 to 15 years?'

Carson Wentz's surgeon on Eagles' decision: 'What's a few games over 12 to 15 years?'

Dr. James Bradley, the doctor who performed knee surgery on Carson Wentz eight months and three weeks ago, believes “common sense should take over the day” in deciding whether the Eagles' quarterback be cleared for contact and play in Thursday's season opener.

“It should be a cautious approach," Bradley said Friday in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. "What’s a few games over 12 to 15 years?”

Bradley said Wentz's injury was “much more” than a torn ACL and the longer you wait, the lesser chance of a re-rupture. Bradley believes Wentz needs to be “tournament-tested tough,” having many repetitions of avoiding pass rushers so everything slows down again for him. He said the “ligaments, tendons and muscles need to learn to work again like a symphony.”

Head coach Doug Pederson said the team and its doctors would make an internal decision Friday on Wentz's status for the season opener. Wentz has participated in full-team drills over the past couple of weeks and has split first-team reps with Nick Foles.

Bradley said Wentz is “definitely ahead” of where he should be and has met every milestone. He said you couldn’t have asked for anything more from Wentz, calling the quarterback a humble warrior, great person and that Philly is lucky to have him.

In the beginning of the rehab process, Bradley said Wentz pushed the “pedal to the metal,” but then learned through working closely with Eagles trainer Joe O’Pella to hold back sometimes. He said the Eagles' organization has been fantastic throughout Wentz's entire recovery.

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

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Sports Uncovered Podcast: How to listen to episode on Barret Robbins' Super Bowl disappearance

Had the Eagles won the 2002 NFC Championship Game, they would've faced the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, and possibly rewritten franchise history.

It also may have changed the life of former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins, the Pro Bowl center who spent the day before the Super Bowl bar-hopping and drinking before ultimately missing the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It stands as one of the strangest Super Bowl stories of all-time.

In the fifth episode of NBC Sports' "Sports Uncovered" podcast series, "The Mysterious Disappearance that Changed a Super Bowl", NBC Sports Bay Area takes a deep dive into Robbins' story, from his early diagnosis with depression in college to the self-destructive day of drinking that took him all the way into Mexico.

The episode features interviews with Robbins' former teammates like Barry Sims, former Raiders executives like Bruce Allen, and more.

The episode releases Thursday, July 9. You can listen to this episode and the entire "Sports Uncovered" series by subscribing for free wherever you listen to podcasts.

To catch every episode, be sure to subscribe to "Sports Uncovered" and have every episode automatically downloaded to your phone. Sports Uncovered is available on the MyTeams app and on every major podcasting platform: Apple, Google Podcast, iHeart, Stitcher, Spotify, and TuneIn

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DeSean Jackson's recent Instagram activity raises questions about his apology

DeSean Jackson's recent Instagram activity raises questions about his apology

DeSean Jackson issued multiple apologies this week after posting anti-Semitic messages attributed to Adolf Hitler and Louis Farrakhan to his Instagram stories.

But Jackson's recent Instagram activity since his apologies raises a question about the sincerity of the apologies.

Jackson recently liked an Instagram post, uploaded Wednesday around 1 p.m., that suggests Jackson doesn't need to apologize for posting anti-Semitic messages to his Instagram.

Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation first noticed the like.

Here's a look at the Instagram post:

On Thursday morning, Jackson posted two clips to his Instagram story of the T.I. song "My Life" featuring Daz Dillinger. His posts included a line from the song's chorus, "Can't ya see I'm on fire, so quit hating on me pimpin', I'm just living my life".

This all comes after the Eagles released a statement Tuesday morning calling Jackson's posts "appalling" and urging him to apologize. Jackson issued multiple apologies, admitting he "unintentionally hurt the Jewish community" and promising to "fully educate" himself.

It seemed, after his apologies, that Jackson realized he'd made a serious and unacceptable mistake. The way he's followed up his apologies is cause for a little concern.

Because, as NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank noted Thursday, Jackson's posts hurt and affected millions of people, and they aren't going away any time soon:

No matter what your opinion of DeSean Jackson’s social media posts, no matter how you feel the Eagles should discipline him — if at all — one thing is indisputable.

This will follow D-Jack around long beyond the end of his football career.

It would probably benefit Jackson to lean more into contrition than into resistance in the coming days and weeks.

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