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Doug Pederson ‘highly encouraged’ by Carson Wentz’s recovery

Doug Pederson on Friday provided a positive update on Carson Wentz’s progress in rehabilitation after tearing an ACL last December. However, the Philadelphia Eagles head coach stopped short of assuring that Wentz will be ready to play come Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season.

“I’m very highly encouraged where he’s at right now,” Pederson said Friday before the team’s rookie minicamp, via NJ.com. “He’s making progress each day. We’ll just continue that process. He continues to throw and get stronger.”

Pederson’s understandable reluctance to set lofty expectations about the timing of Wentz’s return stems from a concern it could inspire the 25-year-old quarterback to do “too much, too soon” as a result.

Wentz, however, seemingly welcomes the pressure inherent to speed up the timeline of his return by making a remarkable recovery that was expected to take between 9-12 months. Wentz underwent successful surgery on the ACL on Dec. 13. That said, Wentz was asked if starting in Week 1 was possible.

That’s the goal,” Wentz said in April.

The Eagles of course have the luxury of not pushing Wentz too hard in recovery thanks to the presence of Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles serving as an extremely capable backup. Still, the Eagles obviously are eager to see Wentz, an NFL MVP candidate before the injury, back behind center as quickly as possible while still exercising extreme caution with his progress through rehab.

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