Report: QB Carson Wentz gets OK to ramp up workouts with Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) had his workouts scaled back in the past few weeks.Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is ready to ramp up his workload in practice.

Wentz will take part in 11-on-11 drills during practice beginning on Sunday, ESPN reported Saturday, citing team sources.

The third-year quarterback was cleared to resume such workouts after meeting with coach Doug Pederson and the team's medical staff, according to ESPN.

Wentz, who tore his ACL and LCL against the Los Angeles Rams in December, participated in team drills during the opening week of training camp. However, Eagles coaches then scaled back his workload, keeping him mostly out of team work.

The return of Wentz comes at an opportune time for Philadelphia. Backup Nick Foles, who guided the Eagles to a Super Bowl championship after Wentz went down, suffered a shoulder strain in Thursday's preseason loss to the New England Patriots.

Wentz has insisted through his rehab that he would be ready to start the regular-season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 6, although he expressed some doubt on that timetable earlier this week, saying it's "going to be close."

Considered the front-runner for league MVP honors before his injury, Wentz had to watch Foles lead the Eagles to a 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

The 25-year-old Wentz threw for 33 touchdowns in 2017 to move past Sonny Jurgensen for the most in a single season in franchise history, a record that stood since 1961. Wentz completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards with just seven interceptions in 13 games in 2017.

For his two-year career, he has 49 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions.

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