Carson Wentz ditches cane, showing progress in ACL rehab


The Philadelphia Eagles face long odds to win Super Bowl LII, and the fact that they'll roll into Minneapolis led by a quarterback who began the season as a backup has a lot to do with that. According to Lee Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the 25-year-old has voiced much confidence that he will be able to get on the field in time for the season opener for the 2018 campaign.

"It's tough", Wentz said.

"I truly believe I'll be ready for Week 1", he said Friday, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

And while those fans will be rooting against their arch-rivals this year, it appears one Super Bowl champion wouldn't mind if Nick Foles helped the Eagles win the Super Bowl.

The injured quarterback held court in front of his locker, next to the spot occupied by Nick Foles, to discuss the repairs to his left knee and the rehab. "I would say, as humans, we all want to be the competitors we are".

And the one run by the guy in his second year as a head coach whisked his team to the Super Bowl despite an insane amount of injuries that included starting quarterback Carson Wentz being lost in early December to a torn ACL.

"When Carson Wentz is healthy, Carson Wentz will be the starting QB of the Eagles".

Despite missing the final three games of the regular season, Wentz threw for 3,296 yards and was second in the National Football League in touchdown passes with 33 to just seven interceptions.

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But the most important message in Wentz's first 20 minutes with the media since the injury was that the Eagles aren't his team, as much as that might hurt to admit.

Wentz was having an MVP-type season when he was injured in Week 14 against the Rams. In three career postseason games, Foles has completed 75% of his passes, thrown for five touchdowns and has not committed a single turnover.

"Without a doubt", Wentz said.

Doug Pederson wasn't one of them.

After this heart-stopping victory, the Eagles went on a nine-game winning streak to take control of the NFC East and push themselves into Super Bowl contention. "That'll continue to grow and develop, but as far as being aggressive and the player I am, that won't change".

The season-ending injury caused many to quickly jump off the Eagles' bandwagon, which was hardly a shock. Like I told him, 'Hey, you've got next year.' But right now, he's been a great teammate, talking to us, communicating. His looming opponent in Brady tossed 28 touchdowns and just two picks last season.

"I think the big thing about Carson is him just being around, being and doing everything and working and rehabbing and doing everything he can and then being on the sidelines", Foles said last week.