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The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 6. Wentz’s goal since having surgery last December to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee has been to be ready for that game.
“It’s no secret that it’s going to be close,” Wentz said after the Eagles completed training camp Tuesday.
“We’ve seen where I’m at in camp and hopefully next week I’m doing 11-on-11s. I think, naturally, it’s going to be close. Ultimately, it won’t be my call, the coach’s call. Ultimately, it’ll be up to the doctors.”
The Eagles are in no rush to have their franchise quarterback return too soon. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is Wentz’s backup and he’s ready to step in like he did in Week 14 last season.
“I’m going to take it day by day,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said about Wentz’s status. “I am going to evaluate it this weekend. I’m going to see where he is at. Medically, I am going to see where he is at [url=http://www.kansascitychiefsteamonline.com/patrick-mahomes-ii-jersey]patrick mahomes authentic jersey[/url] , because I’m going to trust our doctors. We’ll make a decision at some point.”
Pederson said he’d like for Wentz to practice for a full week before he played in a game. Wentz still hasn’t been cleared for contact.
Foles is supposed to make his preseason debut Thursday night at New England after sitting out last week’s game. He had missed a few practices because of muscle spasms in his neck and shoulder area.
Foles will see Tom Brady for the first time since the Super Bowl. Brady didn’t congratulate Foles after the game and many people blew it out of proportion.
“We both have a lot going on in our lives, so in time,” Foles said. “It will happen when it happens. We practiced with the Patriots several years ago and I talked to Tom quite a bit. He’s a great guy. I have all the respect in the world for him. I think everybody is making too big a deal out of this. It’s not a big deal at all.”
The Eagles took practice to their home stadium on Sunday night, and the defending Super Bowl champions put asses in the seats.
Forty thousand asses, to be precise.
“Took a long time to get home,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz told reporters on Monday.
But it was worth it, because (as Schwartz explained) it gave the young players on the team a taste of the manner in which Philadelphia supports the team.
“Training camp is tough,” Schwartz said. “You go out and it can get monotonous playing against the same guys. Sort of just keep repping the same things. You go over to [Lincoln Financial Field], and you get a little different vibe. Players can feed off of that energy. It’s not just game day that they feed off of that energy [url=http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-t.j.-yeldon-jersey]T.J. Yeldon Jersey[/url] , it’s other things. It was really cool. When they started, all the sections started competing, I generally don’t even hear the crowd. You’re focused in. But that’s one time I did. They were all competing doing the Eagles chant. That was a real special moment for our young guys to see how much the fans are behind [the team], to see the enthusiasm. They’ll see it Thursday night [for the preseason opener], but that gave them a good taste of what they’re going to get.”
Four Thursday nights later, the remaining 53 players will really experience it, when the city celebrates the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl win, with a playoff rematch against the Falcons.
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