Wentz cautious as he continues rehab

Pederson believes Eagles who missed the Super Bowl are providing an extra boost of emotion.

Ed Benkin
May 22, 2018 - 2:35 pm
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz

Ed Benkin-KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Carson Wentz has a Super Bowl ring. He will no doubt be happier to get another one in a game he actually plays in.

The injured Eagles quarterback continues with his rehab work as players gather in South Philadelphia for three days of organized team activities. Wentz was able to do some throwing as the Eagles worked out in their practice bubble. The temptation to put the foot on the gas and accelerate his rehab is tempting, but Wentz vowed to play it safe as he continues his long road back from a knee injury.

"You've got to be careful," said Wentz. "There's days you feel great and you want to push it more, and there's days were it's a little sore and you're a little tired. It's just part of the process of coming back from an injury. You've got to trust what the trainers are saying and what the doctors are saying and just keep being smart with it."

Carson Wentz continues with his rehab work
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Wentz will likely not see any action in the preseason, but Tuesday's workout showed the quarterback is at least able to join his teammates on the field. There is still optimism surrounding Wentz's chances of playing in the team's season opener on September 6th, so the Eagles' signal caller will continue to follow the advice of the trainers.

"I'll be involved in a handful of things," Wentz said. "I'm not fully cleared to do everything yet, but I'll be involved when I can with things that I can be."

Many injured players are on the outside looking in during a rehab assignment. There is the physical and mental rehab along with the task of catching up with the playbook. However, Coach Doug Pederson isn't worried about Wentz falling behind and says he is staying involved off the field with the coaching staff.

"He's not that type of guy," said Pederson. "He's right in the mix. He's in that quarterback room. He's in the offensive room. He's in my office. We're still talking about plays and situations. He's still very much involved."

The Eagles work out in their practice bubble in South Philadelphia.
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There is often a "Super Bowl Hangover" for teams coming off a championship season. The fear of complacency settling in is understandable, but Pederson believes Wentz and the rest of the Eagles who missed the Super Bowl due to injuries are providing an extra boost of emotion. Wentz agrees that the walking wounded are having little trouble finding ways to motivate themselves, but the quarterback does not believe that anyone has lost their fire from a year ago.

"There's an extra sense of motivation," Wentz said. "It's an extra sense of not letting anyone be complacent. On the flip side of that, I know the leaders that we have. I know the guys in that locker room and the character of that locker room. I don't expect it to be an issue regardless. Nobody is ever going to settle for anything around here."