PHILADELPHIA — Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz plans to play in the team’s regular-season opener in September.
And when he does, he won’t change his approach, despite having torn two ligaments in his left knee four months ago.
“There’s things I can learn,” Wentz said Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex. “But as far as changing my style of play, that’s not going to happen.”
Wentz tore the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in the fourth quarter of a 43-35 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 10 and underwent surgery three days later.
He was on the sideline at U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 4 and watched Nick Foles lead the Eagles to their first championship since 1960 with a 41-33 victory over New England. Foles was named the Super Bowl MVP.
“I learned a lot about myself,” Wentz said. “You gotta fight (envy). It’s human nature to want to be on that (victory) podium. You grew up wanting to do that as a kid. To not be up there was tough, but if it couldn’t be me, there’s no other guy I’d want there other than Nick.”
While Wentz continues his rehab, Foles will take all the reps with the starting offense during the upcoming minicamps, organized team activities and probably the preseason games.
And if Wentz isn’t ready for the opener — the Eagles are expected to play Minnesota at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, Sept. 6. — Foles will still be in the lineup.
“I would love the opportunity to be a starter again,” Foles told KVUE TV in Austin, Texas, on Sunday. “But I know my spot (on the Eagles). I’m signed for one more year, and I love the team, I love the city. I’m excited for Carson to get back on his feet, and I’ll be ready to go if they really need me, but we’ll see.”
Given the friendship between Wentz and Foles, there is little chance of any friction developing between them this season.
Tight end Zach Ertz attended Monday’s 76ers’ playoff game against Miami with Wentz and also is good friends with Foles.
“They have no egos, especially Nick,” Ertz said Tuesday. “Nick’s not a guy who’s going to demand anything.”
Wentz declined to give a timetable for his return but said he has been encouraged by his progress.
He will miss all of the offseason workouts and the preseason. And while he hopes to be ready for the first regular-season game, he’s not going to put himself at risk if he’s not 100 percent.
“I’m happy with where I’m at right now,” Wentz said. “I feel really good and feel like I’m right on course. I’m not going to rush it, though. You’ve seen the horror stories of people coming back too soon and those things. I can assure you that I’ll be smart about it.”