Pederson won't rush Wentz back

'He'll be ready when he's ready and when we feel he's ready.'

Ed Benkin
May 11, 2018 - 1:40 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The question of when Carson Wentz will return will be on the minds of Eagles fans throughout the off-season.  The head coach urged caution with the regular season still four months away.

The Eagles rookies gathered at the NovaCare Complex on Friday for three days of work in South Philadelphia.  Before the rookies took the field for their first practice, Head Coach Doug Pederson fielded questions about the returning players with many involving the status of his injured quarterback.  Pederson likes where Wentz is at this stage of his recovery.

"I'm very highly encouraged where he's at right now," said Pederson.  "He's making progress each day.  We've just got to continue that process.  He continues to throw and get stronger.  There's a fine line this time of year trying to do too much, too soon.  He's managing it extremely well and I'm encouraged where he's at."

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While Pederson is happy with Wentz's progress, he vows not to rush back his star signal caller or any other injured Eagles. Pederson sited the patience the team had with the recovery of Sidney Jones last year. The rookie defensive back did not play until the end of the season as he returned from a torn Achilles tendon. Pederson says he will not take any chances with Wentz despite hopes he will be ready for the regular season.

"I'm not going to rush him out there," Pederson said. "I don't want to expose him. He'll be ready when he's ready and when we feel he's ready. Right now, we're encouraged about the progress he's making."

Wentz joins the likes of Jason Peters, Darren Sproles and several other players looking to bounce back from injuries suffered last season. As the wounded birds continue with their rehab assignments, Pederson believes their work ethic and determination is having a carryover affect with the rest of the roster.

"You watch these guys work," said Pederson. "I'm hoping the rest of the team sees that and feeds off of that. For me as a coach, to have those guys not there at the end of the season is motivation. That's motivation for the rest of us to get off our tails and pick our games up to where they are. That can rub off with the rest of the team." 

Wentz has stated he is confident he will be back in time for the regular season. Pederson said he will continue with his rehab this spring, and many believe Wentz will not play during the preseason. Pederson likes the confidence of Wentz and his other injured teammates in their quest to return for the season opener. However, the coach will continue to flash the caution sign even as September approaches.

"I love his enthusiasm," said Pederson said. "It's just like all the guys. Jason Peters, Darren Sproles. They're all confident and I love that, but in each individual case, I'm not going to further risk any other injury."