By Mary Cunningham
If you thought you might be seeing Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz under center any time soon, think again.
Before Thursday night’s Eagles-Atlanta Falcons NFL opener, which, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Wentz could miss “several weeks.”
Therefore, Wentz, an MVP candidate last season who tore his ACL in early December, may miss the first month of the season.
Rapoport explained that it was his understanding that the Eagles wouldn’t play Wentz until he’s 100 percent healthy.
“They are being overly cautious with the face of their franchise,” Rapoport said.
It was an optimistic timetable to think Wentz would be back by opening day. Even the Eagles’ second game on Sept. 16 comes barely more than nine months since Wentz suffered the injury.
Wentz is in his third season and he was clearly on a path to superstardom when he got hurt. The Eagles want him to be a top quarterback for the next decade. If they don’t believe he’s 100 percent, they wouldn’t risk his long-term future.
It is a bit surprising to hear Wentz could miss several weeks, because he seemed close to playing. Even during a news conference on Sunday in which he was upset at a report that Nick Foles would start against the Falcons, Eagles coach Doug Pederson indicated Wentz hadn’t been ruled out.
While there was clearly some competitive advantage reasons for Pederson’s answer, it did seem like if Wentz was remotely close for Week 1, he’d have a shot to play in Week 2, which was 10 days later. Apparently it might be more complicated than that.