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‘Realistic’ For Carson Wentz To Start In 2018 Eagles Season

‘Realistic’ For Carson Wentz To Start In 2018 Eagles Season

Wentz tore both his ACL and LCL in a Week 13 matchup versus the Los Angeles Rams. While an ACL tear alone would have allowed the starting quarterback to be out of his brace four weeks after his December 13th surgery, the LCL tear requires a much slower rehab approach initially.

For that reason, Wentz needed to wait until he reached the 6 to 8 week point before being able to start weight bearing exercises. He has now crossed this threshold and is expected to start the next stage of his rehab on Wednesday.

On average, injuries of this nature usually take nine months to recover from, with players back at 100% at the one-year mark. For Wentz, the timeline puts him at nine months in September, which is when the 2018 – 2019 season will officially begin. Still, the quarterback who led the Eagles to an 11-2 record believes that he will be ready for training camp.

"I should be good. Should be good," Wentz said in a press conference last week.

Right now, the main focus of Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles is, of course, defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. This marks the first Super Bowl appearance for the Eagles since their last rout against the Pats in Super Bowl XXXIX.

At Bovada Sportsbook, the Philadelphia Eagles are 5-point underdogs in Super Bowl 52, but are reliable when it comes to covering the spread. Philadelphia is 7-2 ATS in their last nine games versus the New England Patriots.

The line could have looked much different with a healthy Wentz and without a less-experienced Nick Foles at center. Though the consistency of the backup turned starter was initially under question, his 300 yards thrown, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions during the NFC Championship game proved that Foles can be efficient.

LegalGamblingUSA knows the Philadelphia Eagles making the Super Bowl is a major achievement in its own right considering the list of starters that are on injured reserve, but beating the New England Patriots would be a remarkable milestone. The implications of such a win are naturally on every NFL fan’s brain, along with Wentz who can only sit back and watch with his injury.

"It's definitely different, just knowing the extent of the injury and how long it’s going to take to get back," stated Wentz. "But our team's been rolling, and it’s been so cool to see everybody elevate their level of play week in and week out to get this far, and overcome all of the injuries that we’ve had. Three of our five captains are on injured reserve, but here we are. We’re in the Super Bowl."