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Eagles exercise caution, hold Wentz out of team drills

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz join in warm up drills during training camp July 26 at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia. Suchat Pederson/The News Journal via USA TODAY NETWORK

PHILADELPHIA - Quarterback Carson Wentz was held out of 11-on-11 drills for a third straight session on Wednesday, but the Philadelphia Eagles are just being cautious, according to coach Doug Pederson.

Wentz still participated in 7-on-7 drills and was involved in 11-on-11 drills for the first three days of camp.

"My understanding is the coaches, trainers and everybody just want to stay in a more controlled environment right now with where we're at and everything, so that's what we're doing," Wentz said afterward, per ESPN.

Pederson says Wentz being held out is strictly a precaution and that the quarterback hasn't suffered a setback in his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery.

"I'm very encouraged with where he's at. And what I saw last week is enough to ease my mind. I don't need to see him in 11-on-11 drills right now," Pederson said, brushing off concerns of a setback.


The former North Dakota State star was initially cleared for controlled 7-on-7 drills during organized team activities in June, less than six months after his surgery. He hasn't been cleared for contact yet.

Wentz tore his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in December against the Los Angeles Rams and required surgery shortly thereafter. He participated in individual drills in minicamp, and Pederson said then that the Eagles were thrilled with the progress Wentz had made to date.

"Part of the rehab process with him is giving him a little more -- I don't want to say freedom -- but a little more practice time," Pederson said then. "And one of the controlled environments that we can, obviously, put him in is a 7-on-7 situation. So being able to sprinkle him in and just watch him more in an up-tempo type of practice, in those situations, has been good. We'll continue to do that these next two days and next week and just keep building as we go."

The 25-year-old Wentz, who was married in July, has said he plans to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.