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Carson Wentz Update: NFL insider says Eagles quarterback is ‘shockingly ahead of schedule’ in his recovery

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NFL insider Chris Mortensen appeared on ESPN’s NFL Live on Tuesday afternoon and said Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is ‘shockingly ahead of schedule’ in his recovery from ACL/LCL injury.

“I’m always one of the skeptics on something like this because it’s a nine-to-12 month recovery from ACL surgery and nine months is right up to that Thursday night opener against the Atlanta Falcons in September.

But, from people inside [the Eagles organization] who were somewhat skeptical, I am hearing that he’s not just ahead of schedule — he’s WAY ahead of schedule.

He even participated a little bit in 7-on-7 yesterday. He’s doing individual drills. He threw a ball 60 yards last week effortlessly. His legs are fast. He’s stronger. And I think now, inside, you’re starting to hear they’re not going to be surprised if he really is ready for that opener.

But Doug Pederson, everybody else publicly will say ‘We’re not rushing him.’ And there is going to be some caution. They don’t have to [rush him]. Certainly, you have to be prepared for any setback.

But right now, he’s not just ahead of schedule ... he is shockingly ahead of schedule.”

Mort’s reporting is consistent with everything we’ve seen and heard this offseason. It was said back in February that it’s “realistic” to think Wentz could start in Week 1. Wentz himself has said he plans to play in Week 1. That goal doesn’t seem off-base when you consider how healthy Wentz has looked in recent OTA practices.

Three months remain until the Eagles’ 2018 regular season opener against the Falcons takes place on Thursday, September 6. There’s still a lot of time left for things to change, but for now, it’s good to hear everything continues to trend in the right direction.

The Super Bowl champions figure to maintain their reputation as one of the best teams in the NFL with their MVP-caliber quarterback under center.