Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz could open training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list while continuing his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in December.
On Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that using the PUP designation is the "most likely, cautious scenario" for Philly. The reigning Super Bowl champions could also keep Wentz on the active roster for him to practice on a limited basis, per Rapoport.
So far there's been no indication Wentz won't be available for Week 1 of the regular season when the Eagles begin their title defense in a clash with the Atlanta Falcons.
"I feel great with my mechanics," Wentz told reporters in June. "I feel like I've been able to retain those pretty well. Even since I got hurt, I've been able to do some seated throwing throughout the whole time. That's one thing I've emphasized a lot, to make sure those don't go away."
The 25-year-old North Dakota State product was a serious MVP candidate before the injury. He'd completed 60.2 percent of his throws for 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 13 games.
Nick Foles replaced Wentz in the Philadelphia lineup and embarked on a whirlwind run that ended with the journeyman backup being named Super Bowl LII MVP after the team's 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in one of the NFL's most memorable championship games.
Foles is set to once again work with the Eagles' first-team offense until Wentz is cleared to return.
Philly opens the preseason Aug. 9 against the in-state rival Pittsburgh Steelers.