When Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, back in December, a local physician likened the injury to "shredded spaghetti noodles."
Roughly six months later Wentz is “very confident” he’ll be under center on Week 1 of the 2018 season. He made the statement on Good Morning Football on the NFL Network Monday less than six months into his post-operative recovery.
In that respect, Wenz appears to be right on schedule when it comes to putting a date on the calendar for his comeback.
When the injury occurred, it was believed that Wentz had only suffered a torn ACL, but apparently, the injury was slightly more serious than that. During an interview the following month, Wentz revealed that he also tore his lateral collateral ligament, or LCL, and had other damage cleaned up during his Dec. 13 surgery.
Regardless, Wentz said then and reiterated Monday that he should be ready to go when the Super Bowl champion Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 6.
“It’s a fluid process so you never know how it’s going to go, but where were at you’re just trying to do what the doctors say and kind of just take it step by step,” Wentz said. “There’s times where you feel great and want to push it more but you gotta just stay the course with what the doctors are saying. But I feel really good and really confident for Week 1.”
Foles ready of Wentz can't go: If Wentz isn't ready for the season opener, the Eagles will turn to Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to make the start. The uncertainty created by Wentz’s injury is the reason the team recently adjusted Foles’ contract with a $2 million raise that includes an option for next season and incentives that would pay him more in line with starter’s money.
Wentz reaffirmed Monday there are no hard feelings between the two quarterbacks.
“I love Nick and we both understand kind of the nature of this business and the outset of this team and the future. So we're excited. And I'm excited he's still here,” Wentz said.