Carson Wentz is back on the field, but not participating in OTAs

AP

Fewer than six months ago, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tore an ACL. With Eagles fans everywhere wondering whether he’ll be ready for Week One (and some of them perhaps secretly hoping he won’t be, so that Nick Foles can take a proper victory lap for winning Super Bowl LII), Wentz was back on the practice field Tuesday, as the Eagles launched Organized Team Activities.

Wentz, of course, didn’t actually participate in any team activities. But he did throw the football, which is still more than Andrew Luck can say.

“I’m just learning how to trust it, trust your knee, trust your movement, all of those things,” Wentz said, via the Associated Press. “That comes over time.”

Even though Wentz’s left knee injury didn’t happen in the pocket, it could take time for him to trust planting his lead leg and throwing the ball with confidence. Former NFL quarterback Carson Palmer experienced those sensations in the wake of the first of two torn ACLs that he suffered during his career.

“It took me a full year, plus another six, seven games into the next season, to really feel comfortable again and not see ghosts,” Palmer said in 2015, via SI.com. “There would be times when I’d drop back and I’d see color flash, and I’d pull my leg back or not step into a throw because the memory was fresh.”

Wentz will need to not see ghosts when in the pocket, when out of the pocket, or when running down the field. He has said his game won’t change, but if he’s overly conscious of protecting it, that could be a problem.

“Anytime you’re rehabbing, you have to be careful,” Wentz said. “Trust what the trainers and doctors are saying and be smart with it.”

Being smart applies in many different ways for Wentz. Balanced against that will be the urgency to get back onto the field before Foles potentially performs well enough to keep Wentz on the sidelines well after he’s good enough to play.

18 responses to “Carson Wentz is back on the field, but not participating in OTAs

  1. Q the Eagles haters in 1…2…3! (Or should I say the Viking and Patriot fans)

  2. I saw the video of him doing drills, he looked to be moving very well. Controlled situation, certainly, but very encouraging.

  3. “Wentz, of course, didn’t actually participate in any team activities. But he did throw the football, which is still more than Andrew Luck can say.”

    Ouch

  4. Not an Eagles fan but love watching Wentz. He’s gonna be a great one. Wish my team had him.

  5. I will take Shredded knees for $500, Alex. This person is coming back too soon from a shredded knee and will most likely go to the land of Griffin…..Ding…Who is Sister Mary Carson?….You are correct, Sir!

  6. No need to rush him back. They obviously have a very capable QB in place if he is not ready to go. Don’t ruin Wentz’s career by hurrying him to play like McNabb after his knee injury. He was never the same.

  7. If I were the Eagles, I don’t start Wentz until probably all the way after the bye week, no matter how ready he thinks he is. That’s exactly 8 games. Unless Foles gets hurt or is an absolute trainwreck, what do they have to lose? Even if they only go 4-4, which I would deem unlikely, they would still have more than enough time to get back on track, and the last 8 games would be more than enough to have Wentz running on all cylinders by playoff time.

  8. ummm…per the beat reporters and John Clark who covers the team, he was actually doing drills…great work AP…lol

  9. Wentz has as much chance of being NFL royalty as Gabbert or Bortles. Absurd, weird, dissonant names are rarely associated with greatness.

    Skeptical?

    Think of your top 5 all-time QBs. Say their names out loud. Those names sound great, right? Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Roger Staubach, Johnny Unitas, whomever (and those names are just examples, not a hierarchy).

    Do you really think “Carson Wentz” will resonate at a Canton ceremony? Really? REALLY?

  10. aj66shanghai says:
    May 22, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    Wentz has as much chance of being NFL royalty as Gabbert or Bortles. Absurd, weird, dissonant names are rarely associated with greatness.

    Skeptical?

    Think of your top 5 all-time QBs. Say their names out loud. Those names sound great, right? Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Roger Staubach, Johnny Unitas, whomever (and those names are just examples, not a hierarchy).

    Do you really think “Carson Wentz” will resonate at a Canton ceremony? Really? REALLY?

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    I would say it all comes down to his play on the field…..especially in postseason games…

  11. shanghai: you, sir or ma’am have the current distinction of having posted the most ridiculous comment i have read here in years.

    and i have to congratulate you because reading these comments, that’s saying something.

  12. yeah , good luck with that mike > foles keeping wentz on the bench , you’ll do it every time

    I dare you to keep this post up.

  13. aj66shanghai says:
    May 22, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    Wentz has as much chance of being NFL royalty as Gabbert or Bortles. Absurd, weird, dissonant names are rarely associated with greatness.

    Skeptical?

    Think of your top 5 all-time QBs. Say their names out loud. Those names sound great, right? Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Roger Staubach, Johnny Unitas, whomever (and those names are just examples, not a hierarchy).

    Do you really think “Carson Wentz” will resonate at a Canton ceremony? Really? REALLY?
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    Favre

    I believe we’re done here

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