Carson Wentz Cleared, Will Start Week 3 vs Colts
Carson Wentz has been medically cleared and will start this Sunday's Week 3 game against the Colts, that according to the teams official twitter account.
Head coach Doug Pederson confirmed that during his press conference today.
"He has been cleared," Pederson said at the start of his day after press conference. "So we're all excited about that."
Pederson indicated that there will be no holding Wentz back, after sitting out the past nine months rehabbing from ACL and MCL surgery.
"I mean he's cleared, he goes. I've said all along that he's our guy. We drafted him to be our guy," Doug Pederson explained. "In my mind, and we all felt the same way that; he's cleared, he's cleared and there's no need to hold back...there [are] no limitations."
Wentz's return gives a boost to the Eagles offense that has struggles to get the ball down-the-field this season. He threw for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns in 13 games last season, before getting hurt against the Rams in Week 14.
Nick Foles completed 35-of-48 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' Week 2 loss at Tampa Bay. Overall this season, Foles threw for 451 yards, one touchdown and one interception in two games and was completely understanding of the move.
"The greatest thing for me is that room has no egos, and Nick all along has understood that this is Carson's football team," Pederson said.
"We drafted Carson to be the guy. And we owe a lot of gratitude to Nick Foles for what he's done, what he has done, obviously what he's done this season and how he's led this football team. And he's a pro's pro. So, no egos. They check them at the door, and he'll be very supportive, has been very supportive, and will be that way from here on."
The team Wentz will be stepping into will have a different look than the one he left last season. Alshon Jeffery still isn't ready to play and Mike Wallace will miss the "next few weeks" according to Pederson with a fractured fibula.
Wentz tweeted about the announcement earlier today: