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Eagles offseason injury updates: Carson Wentz, Mychal Kendricks, Malcolm Jenkins, more

Checking in on the wounded Birds.

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ last game (where they won the Super Bowl) was nearly two months ago now, but a number of players are still recovering from injuries suffered during the 2017 season. Here’s an update on the wounded Birds.

Carson Wentz

Have to start with the most important guy, obviously.

Wentz posted a video of himself throwing passes inside the Eagles’ indoor practice facility on Monday. He was still wearing a brace on the knee that suffered a torn ACL and LCL.

Though some just assume he won’t be able to play in Week 1, that might not be the case. All early indications regarding his recovery seem to be positive.

Back in February, NFL Network reported it’s “realistic” to think Wentz will be ready in time.

Head coach Doug Pederson recently said Wentz is “ahead of schedule.”

Wentz is a freak athlete with an unparalleled work ethic. You can bet your behind he’s doing everything he can to miss as little time as possible.

Mychal Kendricks

ESPN’s Tim McManus recently reported the following:

Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks had surgery on his ankle Thursday in Green Bay, per source. Described as a clean-up that should only sideline him for a few weeks. Kendricks has been the subject of trade speculation this offseason. This shouldn’t hurt his value.

For approximately the billionth offseason in a row, Kendricks’ name has come up in trade rumors. The feeling here is he could finally be traded. Kendricks only played 27% of the snaps when Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham were healthy in 2016. Are the Eagles really going to keep a guy who barely plays and has a $7.6 million cap hit when he could be traded for a savings of $4.4 million and a potential draft pick?

Kendricks played well in 2017 and gives the Eagles good depth, yes, but the team signed Corey Nelson to seemingly be their new weakside linebacker. Plus 2017 fifth-round pick Nate Gerry will compete for that spot. The Eagles could also draft another linebacker this year.

Kendricks needs to be able to pass a physical before he can be traded so maybe his offseason surgery explains why he hasn’t been traded yet.

Malcolm Jenkins

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins recently had a procedure done to repair ligaments in his left thumb. It remains to be seen if he’ll be limited in some offseason workouts but he’ll be ready for the 2018 season.

Alshon Jeffery

Back in February, Jeffery underwent surgery on a torn rotator cuff that he played through during the 2017 season. It’s unclear if Jeffery will be able to participate in training camp but he’s expected to be ready for the 2018 season.

Jeffery rang the bell prior the Sixers-Timberwolves game on Saturday, March 24. His right arm is still in a sling.

Jalen Mills

Mills suffered a finger injury during the Super Bowl itself. He was seen wearing a cast in an interview on The Tonight Show in early February. He was seen wearing a less restrictive cast in late February, so I imagine he’s probably doing fine.

Jason Peters

Earlier this month, Peters posted a video of him and some of his teammates working out at the NovaCare Complex’s gym. Peters has been posting videos of himself all offseason. He seems to be in good shape after suffering an ACL injury last October.

There’s really no reason for the 35-year-old left tackle to be heavily participating in offseason practices anyway. He’ll continue to work on his rehab and should be ready for Week 1.

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