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Don't overreact to the latest Carson Wentz update

Don't overreact to the latest Carson Wentz update

It’s not a setback. As Doug Pederson explains, it’s the opposite.

It’s been a mysterious week for rehabbing Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who participated in full-team practices three consecutive days last week — Thursday, Friday and Saturday — but has sat out all the full-team drills since — Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday was an off day.

It looked like a setback. And Pederson hadn’t spoken with the media since Sunday and Wentz hadn’t spoken since last Thursday, so it was impossible to tell exactly what was happening with Wentz.

Was he experiencing swelling?

Was the workload too much for him?

Was his hope to be ready by opening day in jeopardy?

After practice Wednesday, Wentz and Pederson both insisted there was no setback, that this is all part of the plan to get Wentz back on the field as early as possible. 

“I’m very encouraged obviously where he’s at and what I saw last week is enough to ease my mind,” Pederson said. “I don’t need to see him in 11-on-11.” 

Wentz, who tore two knee ligaments in December, hasn’t missed a practice since camp started last Thursday and has been participating in all drills other than 11-on-11. 

But seeing him do full-team work for three straight days and then sit those same drills the next three days was definitely eye-opening. 

“For sure, it’s tough,” Wentz said. “It’s been tough ever since I got hurt to watch practice and not be out there.”

Wentz hasn’t been cleared for contact, and even though the quarterback doesn’t get hit during live drills, he is potentially at risk as bodies fly around during live tackling periods.

“My understanding is that the coaches and trainers and everybody want me to stay in a controlled environment right now with everything, so that’s what we’re doing," Wentz said.

“It’s just part of the plan. Haven’t been cleared for contact and I know that’s part of the reason."

Wentz, an MVP candidate a year ago, is generally off on a side field doing conditioning work or throwing while Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles leads the first-team offense in team work.

“Obviously, as a competitor, you want to be out there,” Wentz said. “I got my feet wet and got out there and ran around and it felt great, but you’ve got to listen to what the doctors and coaches are saying and just trust the plan. …

“I want to be out there. I want to be out there today, I want to be out there Week 1, I want to be out there last year. But there’s certain limitations what you can do and I just have to trust what they say.”

Wentz said he hasn’t experienced any swelling, and he said that although some days he feels better than others, he hasn’t thought about the knee once during practice.

“I feel great, I feel great," he said. "Everyone always talks about the mental side and just getting over the mental block and those hurdles. I feel like I’ve gone through that and progressed through that. Now it’s just getting cleared and sticking with the plan.”

Pederson declined to comment when Wentz would return to full team activity.

He said all decisions on Wentz’s daily practice routine are determined by the coaches, the trainers, the doctors and Wentz himself.

“He’s progressing extremely well,” Pederson said. “I don’t want to subject him to any kind of setback or anything like that. I want to keep him progressing or moving forward. Those couple days that he had were very exciting days.”

There are now 36 days until opening day.

Who will quarterback the defending Super Bowl champs against the Falcons?

“I feel good and encouraged where I’m at,” Wentz said. “I’m sticking to my goal.”

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Eagle Eye podcast: Another injury the Eagles couldn’t afford

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Eagle Eye podcast: Another injury the Eagles couldn’t afford

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro are joined by Ray Didinger to look at the loss of Tim Jernigan and other takeaways from the loss to the Falcons. 

Why hasn’t Miles Sanders started faster? Was that really Jim Schwartz blitzing that much? 

And Roob and Dave’s bold predictions aren’t looking great so far. 

• Tim Jernigan reportedly has a broken foot
• Other injured players leave questions
• Miles Sanders is looking like a rookie
• What made Jim Schwartz blitz so much? 
• Isaac Seumalo struggles big-time vs. Atlanta 
• An early look-ahead to the Lions 

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Eagles' Tim Jernigan reportedly broke his foot vs. Falcons

Eagles' Tim Jernigan reportedly broke his foot vs. Falcons

Updated 2:30 p.m.

Tim Jernigan has a small crack in his foot, confirmed by NBC Philadelphia's John Clark. While he does not require surgery, he is expected to miss about a month.

Jernigan played only 26 snaps before leaving the Eagles-Falcons game Sunday night in Atlanta.

It’s the latest blow to the talented but oft-injured 26-year-old defensive tackle, who has played only seven games since the Super Bowl.

Jernigan is the second defensive tackle the Eagles have lost in two weeks, and a position of tremendous depth is now dangerously thin. Malik Jackson, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract, and was starting opposite Fletcher Cox, is out for the year, also with a foot injury. He went on Injured Reserve after the Redskins game.

The Eagles cut ties with Jernigan after last season by declining the option in his contract and then brought him back at a bargain-basement price of $1.25 million in an incentive-laden deal. Jernigan was originally scheduled to make $11 million this year, $12 million the next two years.

Jernigan missed most of the 2018 season with a mysterious back injury that he suffered during the offseason that neither he nor the team has explained.

Jernigan had one of the Eagles’ two sacks so far this year, against the Redskins.

With Jernigan and Jackson both out, the Eagles currently have just Fletcher Cox, who is playing but still working back from a foot injury from the Saints playoff game, and Hassan Ridgeway at defensive tackle, along with Akeem Spence, who just joined the team last week and played 21 snaps against the Falcons.

Bruce Hector, who played in eight games last year, is on the practice squad. Hector played 82 snaps on defense a year ago. He joined the Eagles last year as an undrafted free agent, was traded to the Cards for safety Rudy Ford last month, then signed to the Eagles’ practice squad on Sept. 1 after the Cards released him. Ford remains on the Eagles’ 53-man roster.

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