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If you're not interested in seeing Chase Daniel much this season, you might be in luck. 

In the wake of the Sam Bradford trade, the Eagles are planning on starting Carson Wentz in the opener on Sept. 11 against the Browns if he's healthy, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo confirmed Caplan's report and said Daniel is not happy. 

Wentz is still recovering from cracked ribs he suffered in the first preseason game on Aug. 11. He missed the last three games because of the injury. He was close to returning on Thursday, but a CT scan on his ribs showed that one of his two cracked ribs was still just 60 percent healed. 

Here's what Doug Pederson said last week when asked how much it concerned him that Wentz missed all those reps: "Obviously, where we are this late in the process, as far as training camp goes, it definitely hurts from a young quarterback standpoint [and] his position to fully grasp and understand the offense. But, again, I just go back to what I see in the classroom, what I see off the field, his work habit here, his work ethic here, and just what he knows and understands."

 

Pederson also said he was less worried because of the situation the team was in, with Bradford and Daniel ahead of him. That situation obviously changed Saturday when the team traded Bradford to the Vikings. 

The Eagles traded up to the No. 2 pick this spring to get Wentz out of North Dakota State, so he is the quarterback of the future. It has just been a question of when he'd take over. In 1999, in Andy Reid's first year, Pederson played until Donovan McNabb was ready to go. It looks like Wentz will be taking over in 2016 much earlier than McNabb did in '99. 

In his only preseason action this summer, Wentz played 39 snaps against the Bucs. He completed 12 of 24 passing attempts for 89 yards and an interception. He also ran three times for 15 yards.