We’ve all been waiting for a long time to see Carson Wentz take the field again and it’s finally happening.
The Eagles’ franchise quarterback will start his first game in over nine months on Sunday, when the Eagles host the Colts in Week 3.
How much time will have passed between starts for Wentz?
• 288 days
• or 41 weeks and a day
• or 6,912 hours
• or 414,695 minutes
• or 24,881,700 seconds
Any way you slice it, it’s been a long time coming. The Eagles are thrilled to get their starting quarterback back in Week 3, but let’s take a look back at all the milestones of his recovery:
Dec. 10 — In the third quarter against the Rams, Wentz tears his ACL and LCL trying to dive into the end zone. He stays in the game and delivers a touchdown throw to Alshon Jeffery on the next play, but then exits. The Eagles win the game and clinch the NFC East, but it didn’t feel like it. Doug Pederson announces the next morning that Wentz is done for the season after tearing his ACL.
Dec. 13 — A few days later, Pittsburgh-based Dr. James Bradley performs surgery to repair Wentz’s ACL and LCL, but we only know about the ACL at this point. Still loopy from the anesthesia from surgery, Wentz uses FaceTime to talk to his fellow QBs back at the NovaCare Complex.
Dec. 16 — His season is over, but Wentz gets named to his first Pro Bowl.
Dec. 18 — They couldn’t keep him away. He’s still more than nine months away from playing, but Wentz is back in the meeting room.
Jan. 23 — The Eagles win the NFC Championship Game and they use a play Wentz brought with him from North Dakota State.
Jan. 26 — Wentz shows up without a cane at Eagles practice. Later in the day, he reveals he also tore his LCL, but says his goal is to return for Week 1.
Feb. 4 — The Eagles win Super Bowl LII and Nick Foles is named MVP.
March 27 — At the owners' meetings in Orlando, Florida, Pederson is “very pleased” with Wentz’s rehab, but won’t give a timetable for return.
April 17 — Wentz says he’s “happy” with his progress and has begun the “running progression” portion of rehab.
May 22 — Surprise! Wentz participates in Eagles OTAs. He’s not a full participant, but he does individual drills for the first time since the surgery.
June 6 — During the last round of voluntary OTAs, Wentz begins takes 7-on-7 reps.
June 14 — As players break for the summer, Wentz says he’ll be around the facility to focus on his rehab. Like Sixers superstar Joel Embiid, Wentz says he’s trusting the process.
July 15 — Wedding day! Wentz marries girlfriend Maddie Oberg, whom he credits for helping him a ton and standing by his side during rehab.
July 26 — On the first practice of training camp, Wentz participates in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since the surgery.
July 27 — On the second day of training camp, Wentz works with the first-team offense in 7-on-7s.
July 28 — On the third day of training camp, Wentz works with the first-team offense in 11-on-11s, the closest thing that comes to game action in practice. There’s one hold-your-breath moment, where a defensive tackle brushed against Wentz’s left leg, but he’s fine.
July 29 — The Eagles and Pederson hold Wentz out of 11-on-11 drills. It’s a part of the secretive plan, according to the head coach.
Aug. 14 — After saying all along that his goal was to be ready for Week 1, Wentz says “it’s going to be close.”
Aug. 19 — After a few weeks of being held out of team drills, Wentz returns to 11-on-11s.
Aug. 23 — Before the third preseason game in Cleveland, Wentz put in a long and tough workout in pregame. It’s reminiscent of his workout before the third preseason game in 2016.
Aug. 31 — Wentz’s surgeon, speaking to NBC Sports Philadelphia, urges caution.
Sept. 3 — Foles is named the Eagles’ Week 1 starter. Despite the disappointment, Wentz keeps an upbeat attitude during the week.
Sept. 17 — Pederson announces that Wentz has been cleared for contact (the final hurdle) and will start against the Colts in Week 3.
Sept. 23 — Week 3 against the Colts at Lincoln Financial Field. Wentz’s first action of the 2018 season.