Carson Wentz 'confident' he'll play in Eagles' 2018 opener

28 January, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Nick Foles on cover of Sports Illustrated Super Bowl issue

Despite missing the final three games of the regular season, Wentz threw for 3,296 yards and was second in the National Football League in touchdown passes with 33 to just seven interceptions.

Despite the predictions of many that the loss of starting quarterback Carson Wentz would hasten the team's demise, the Philadelphia Eagles managed to win the NFC and are a win over the New England Patriots away from the franchise's first Super Bowl title.

At the time, it was believed that Wentz had suffered only a torn ACL, but apparently, the injury was slightly more serious than that.

"I'm so happy for him and this team", Wentz said as he stood in front of his locker stall at the NovaCare Complex, "but especially a guy like that going through everything he's went through".

"There's the human element that wants to be out there", he said.

Wentz ran the ball only 64 times in 13 games.

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"But, then I'm in it. I loved seeing that". "I'm just trying to help support him as best I can". But I got through it pretty quick.

While the timeline is fluid, the Eagles quarterback is confident he can return for Week 1.

The Eagles will be in the enviable position of being able to hold onto Foles as insurance if no worthwhile offers are forthcoming, while being able to pull the trigger on one if it presents itself.

"I am who I am", he said. "I'm not trying to overdo anything". "I knew the season was over for me personally". He's really taken the leadership role. Wentz finished the season with 3,296 passing yards and an Eagles single-season record 33 touchdowns to go with his 101.9 passer rating.

Wentz said Friday that whether it is in the press box or on the sideline, he couldn't be prouder of his team overcoming the adversity of his injury as well as those to Hall of Fame left tackle Jason Peters, middle linebacker Jordan Hicks, running back Darren Sproles, special teams ace Chris Maragos and others which have served as motivators for this team throughout the season.

Wentz said he's proud of not only the job Foles has done as his replacement but also the way the entire team continued to move forward after his injury. "Seeing this team battle through these playoffs, and battle all season long through adversity, injury after injury, I wasn't the only one".



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