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Report: Carson Wentz starting camp on PUP ‘most likely, cautious scenario’

The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly may exercise extreme caution in handling Carson Wentz’s return from a knee injury suffered late last season. In fact, a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday morning suggested that the “most likely, cautious scenario” would have Wentz opening training camp on the PUP list.

The Eagles open camp on Wednesday and are scheduled to hold the team’s first practice on Thursday. A report Tuesday suggested Wentz would be limited to only participating in 7-on-7 and individual drills at the onset of training camp while being held out of 11-on-11 drills. Rapoport’s most recent reporting casts that scenario into doubt.

However, it nevertheless remains possible that the Eagles keep Wentz on the roster and have him “practice on a limited basis.”

Wentz originally suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a Dec. 10 game against the Los Angeles Rams, ending his MVP-caliber season. The Eagles have not indicated exactly when Wentz is expected to ramp up his activity.

Wentz has consistently stated it’s his goal to start in Week 1 when the Eagles open their season on Sept. 6 against the Atlanta Falcons. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson noted in June that Wentz appears “very hungry” amid recovery and was “highly encouraged” by the quarterback’s progress in rehab.

The Eagles of course have arguably the best backup quarterback situation in the NFL with reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles on the depth chart. The team obviously can rely upon having Foles in the fold and not rush Wentz back too soon.