Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had hoped to return from his left ACL injury to start the season. Even though he is a few weeks behind schedule, he told reporters Wednesday he is thrilled to have all the doubts behind him as he prepares to start on Sunday.
"Quite the grind of an offseason and just throughout all this, a lot of the unknown of when and all those things," Wentz said. "I know you guys were dying to know. I was dying to know at the same time. So there was a lot of excitement, a lot of build-up, almost anxiety over when was going to be that time. Almost a relief to finally be cleared and get back out there."
With Wentz on the shelf, backup Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 1-1 start. The Eagles have struggled on offense, however, and rank 23rd in the league in passing and 24th in scoring at 19.5 points per game.
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In 2017, the Super Bowl champions finished 13th in passing and third in scoring.
Wentz, 25, said he is confident that his knee has healed sufficiently for him to play effectively. He will wear a brace during games.
"I feel comfortable with it," he said. "We'll see after this season how I feel with it, but I feel good with it right now. It's definitely something the doctors recommend and so I've gotten used to it by now and I feel really comfortable with it."
Despite his limited reps with the rest of the offense, he said he thinks they will jell right away.
"I and the whole offense, really this whole organization, always have high expectations," he said. "We expect to start fast, play fast, be clicking. So, I truly believe that's a realistic expectation."
Wentz and the Eagles host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
--Field Level Media