Hey, here’s some good news ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles’ first OTA practice on Tuesday! Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport:
Carson Wentz is progressing well from his back injury from 2018 and sources say he has no limitations for on-field drills during OTAs, beginning tomorrow [May 21]. The team will be smart with him, of course, but he’s expected to be involved in the majority of all work.
It was previously unclear if Wentz would be limited in practice. Back in April, Wentz indicated he was still recovering from the fractured vertebrae that ended his 2018 season in December. Then Doug Pederson was noncommittal about Wentz’s status when speaking at rookie minicamp two weeks ago.
It’s encouraging to hear Wentz is healthy considering his immense importance to the Eagles’ overall success. The team is only going to go as far as he takes them.
Wentz having a full offseason to get ready for 2019 bodes well for his outlook. He wasn’t able to fully prepare for the 2018 season since he was coming off the ACL injury he suffered in December 2017. The hope is that Wentz will be able to recapture his near-MVP form.
Wentz’s health also bodes well for his contract situation. There’s belief the Eagles will sign Wentz to a long-term extension before the 2019 season begins.
Bleeding Green Nation will have full coverage of how Wentz (and the rest of his Eagles teammates) looks in our practice notes tomorrow. Wentz will also have a press conference at some point after Tuesday’s practice.