Eagles’ Wentz says stress fracture is still healing

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PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is not yet fully recovered from the stress fracture in his back that cut short his 2018 season.

“It’s still getting there. It’s still getting there,” Wentz said Monday at the start of the team’s offseason training program, when asked if the bone is fully healed. “Some of this stuff just takes time, but that’s not really the main concern. It’s just kind of how I feel, and I feel pretty good with where I’m at.”

Wentz first appeared on the team’s injury report in October. The stress fracture was discovered in December through a scan. At the time, coach Doug Pederson said it was an injury that could take about three months to heal. It’s been four months since those comments.

Wentz, though, said he has been cleared for some football activity and hasn’t moved off his goal of taking part in OTAs when they begin in May.

“That’s the goal, but there really is no timetable, no rush, but I feel good with the progression I’ve been on,” he said. “Right now we’re kind of taking it week by week. I’m throwing some, I’m running some, and just kind of taking it week by week, and I feel good.”

Wentz missed the final three games of the 2018 season once the fracture was discovered. Coming off a torn ACL and LCL that sidelined him for the first two weeks, he completed 70 percent of his throws with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 11 games.

“Obviously a knee injury rehab is aggressive and it’s not fun for anybody. A back injury is not fun either but it’s a different thing,” Wentz said. “I definitely feel better where I’m at [compared with last offseason] both physically and mentally, and I’m really excited. Feels like the first day of school today a little bit. It’s exciting.”

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