By Brandon Lee Gowton
There are more and more signs pointing to Carson Wentz returning for the Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts. On Sunday morning, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Wentz “could be cleared for contact as early as this week.” That’s been the final hurdle for Wentz returning to the field.
This report matches up with what we’ve been hearing recently. But Rapoport also did offer caution that Wentz might not play just yet.
The third week of the season has always been a target and Philly’s franchise quarterback has progressed in rehab enough to where that is quite possible.
However, that is not the end of the story. The question of when Wentz will actually get on the field to play a real football game is a complicated one. The team is not in a rush for Wentz to play and there are several key, influential voices who have been preaching caution -- including owner Jeffrey Lurie. With Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles starting Sunday against the Bucs, the Eagles have the best backup plan in football.
The thinking has been -- and will be throughout -- that the decision of when Wentz will return to the field following a torn ACL and LCL is about the next 10 or 15 years, rather than 10 or 15 minutes. As one source familiar with the team’s thinking said, if the Eagles need to hold him out longer, they are fully committed to doing so. That’s why it still might be a few weeks until he...