Report: Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz could be out until October

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz’s absence from the Philadelphia Eagles starting lineup could last until October, according to one NFL insider.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Eagles are taking their time as Wentz works his way back from the torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He suffered the injury in December, and he has not been cleared for contact yet. The Eagles, Rapoport said, want to wait until he’s absolutely ready.

“My understanding is it’s not going to be for several weeks, and there’s a good reason why,” Rapoport told Rich Eisen on NFL Network. “It’s not just the fact that they have the Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles waiting in the wing — although that does help and that would explain why the Eagles did not even consider teams calling to trade for Foles despite the fact that some offered a second-round pick. They are being overly cautious with the face of their franchise. They know this is a decision that [will] not just affect the next couple weeks but the next 10 of 15 years. They are not going to put him out there until he is 100 percent healthy.”

Rapoport said the added element of the torn LCL is making Wentz’s rehab take longer. It’s “likely” to see Foles start games until October.

Coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles have not put any timetable on Wentz’s return. His goal was Week 1. That won’t happen.

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