Carson Wentz Still Targeting Week 1 for Injury Return: 'It's Going to Be Close'

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz in action during a practice at NFL football training camp, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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With three weeks left before the Philadelphia Eagles kick off their 2018 campaign, the Eagles are still unsure of who will be under center come Week 1.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz acknowledged on SportsRadio WIP 94.1 (h/t NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro) on Tuesday that he does not know if he will be able to take the field against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 6 as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL suffered Dec. 10:

"I obviously would love to be out there. That's been my goal all offseason ever since the injury. It's going to be close. It's going to be close. I'm still eyeing that date. At the end of the day, it's not just my decision. There's coaches and doctors that really have the final say. I really like where I'm at and time will tell here."

And even though there's uncertainty as to when he will be cleared, the 25-year-old remains optimistic.

"My knee feels really good. Rehab and everything has been going great," Wentz said. "Every day it feels a little bit better out there. I really like where I am at, so it's just a 'be patient' thing."

Philadelphia is fortunate enough to be in a position where it doesn't have to rush the 2016 No. 2 overall pick back to action, as reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles remains on the roster.

After when Wentz went down, Foles threw for 971 yards and six touchdowns in three postseason games while leading the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl championship.

While Philadelphia listened to offers on its backup earlier this offseason, no team made an offer that was too good to refuse. As a result, the Eagles held on to a valuable insurance option for Wentz, ultimately rewarding Foles with a reworked contract.

As impressive as Foles was during the postseason, Wentz was playing at an MVP level before he got hurt. He had a 101.9 passer rating while throwing for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns in 13 games, adding 299 rushing yards.

Philadelphia figures to be in good hands regardless of who the starting quarterback is in Week 1, but getting its franchise quarterback back to 100 percent is the top priority. The Eagles open the season with games against the Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (who'll be without suspended quarterback Jameis Winston), Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

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