After a day of needlessly freaking out, Eagles fans can relax a little bit tonight. Carson Wentz isn’t going on the Active/PUP (physically unable to perform) list and will be able to practice Thursday afternoon when the Eagles hold their first session of training camp.
The news came from the guy responsible for the bit of hysteria in the first place.
Great news for #Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who won’t go on PUP. He’ll be limited but at least practicing.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 25, 2018
That certainly seems like the right and obvious move.
Earlier today, Rapoport reported the “most likely” scenario was that Wentz would begin training camp on the PUP list, which would have prohibited him from practicing. The trade-off would have been the ability to put him on the PUP once the season started if there were any setbacks in Wentz’s continued rehab from a torn ACL and LCL. Based on what we know of Wentz's rehab so far, that seemed incredibly unlikely because it would have forced him to miss six games.
Ultimately, the Eagles decided it was more important to get Wentz on the field right away. Of course it is. Wentz certainly seemed excited to report to training camp on Wednesday.
Not putting him on the PUP doesn’t mean Wentz will participate in 11-on-11 drills to start camp, but at least expect him to do individual drills, 7-on-7s and other competitive multi-player drills.
Eventually, the plan is for Wentz and Nick Foles to split team reps during this training camp to get them both ready for the season opener against the Falcons. Don’t expect Wentz to play much — if at all — during the preseason. His goal throughout his rehab has been to be ready for Week 1.
Pretty soon we should also find out which other players are going to start training camp on the PUP or NFI (non-football injury). That should come down soon.