Eagles take on the Colts in Indianapolis during Week 3 of the preseason.
INDIANAPOLIS -- It's too early to know for sure if rookie quarterback Carson Wentz will play in the preseason finale on Thursday against the New York Jets, but he's certainly made a lot of progress recovering from a hairline fracture in his ribs.
Head coach Doug Pederson said that Wentz had a "full go" throwing session on Friday before the team left for Indianapolis and that Wentz's pain was described as a "dull pain." Wentz followed up with an impressive throwing performance prior to Saturday night's game and Pederson said after the 33-23 Eagles win that Wentz might be ready to go against the Jets.
"You know he worked out tonight and went through a full workout," Pederson said. "He's in a position to possibly play next week. He's still a little bit sore so we'll monitor that. We'll make sure he's rested here the next couple of days and I don't want to jeopardize him by any stretch of the imagination there, but at the same time if he's ready to go he'll play next Thursday."
Wentz was injured in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay when he took a shot to the ribs as he fired off a pass from the pocket. Two days later, the extent of the injury was diagnosed and Wentz missed the preseason wins in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.
With Sam Bradford, who had a strong preseason, likely not to play against the Jets, the Eagles would love to give Wentz some reps before moving him to No. 3 on the quarterback depth chart in the regular season.
The team is off on Sunday and then returns to practice at the NovaCare Complex on Monday. We'll know a lot more about Wentz's status then, but for now it looks hopeful that he will get some time against New York.