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He’s Back! Eagles QB Carson Wentz Gets Full Medical Clearance for First Time Since December

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz received full medical clearance for the first time since his knee injury in December 2017 and will start Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, coach Doug Pederson announced.

“He has been cleared,” Pederson said. “We’re all excited about that. Medically, from the date of surgery to where he’s at today, all his rehab, 11-on-11, everything about it was a big part of getting to this point.”

Wentz has participated in non-contact drills and most football activities since training camp began. The Eagles scaled him back to “controlled” drills and workout environments only as preseason wrapped up, prompting concerns Wentz might not be ready to go until October, but Pederson said the QB now has no limitations.

Eagles Bring Back Wide Out Markus Wheaton, Place TE Richard Rodgers on IR

The Eagles re-signed wide receiver Markus Wheaton on Tuesday and put tight end Richard Rodgers on injured reserve.

Rodgers was in line to to be third tight end behind Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert but suffered a knee injury and has been sidelined for the past couple of weeks.

Wheaton was originally signed by the Eagles in May. He was released as the team trimmed its roster to 53 over the weekend. The re-signing of Wheaton helps bolster a receiving corps that will be without Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) on Thursday against the Falcons. Second-year wideout Mack Hollins was ruled out for Thursday by coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday. He’s been dealing with a groin injury and missed practice Monday.

Wheaton has 110 career receptions for 1,559 yards with eight touchdowns in five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears.

Falcons at Eagles NFL Week One Capsule

The 2018 season kicks off on Thursday, September 6 (8:20 PM ET, NBC) as the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field in a rematch of the 2017 NFC Divisional Playoffs, which the Eagles won 15-10. The Falcons and Eagles meet for the 31st time in the regular season, with Philadelphia holding a 16-13-1 series advantage.

The Eagles, who won their first Super Bowl with a 41-33 victory over New England in Super Bowl LII, have won their past two home openers played on Kickoff Weekend and six of their past seven overall in Week 1. Philadelphia ranked third in the NFL averaging 28.6 points per game last season and were the only team to have three players with at least eight touchdown catches each – wide receivers ALSHON JEFFERY (nine) and NELSON AGHOLOR (eight) and tight end ZACH ERTZ (eight).

On the path to Super Bowl LII, the Eagles finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Philadelphia won the NFC East a season after finishing in last place with a 7-9 record in 2016, joining the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (AFC South) as teams to complete a “worst-to-first” turnaround in 2017. At least one team has won its division the season after finishing in or tied for last place in 14 of the past 15 seasons.

Atlanta advanced to the postseason for the second consecutive season in 2017 and has won three of their past four season openers. Falcons quarterback MATT RYAN passed for 4,095 yards last season, his franchise-record seventh consecutive season with at least 4,000 passing yards, and tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history. Linebacker DEION JONES led Atlanta’s defense with 138 tackles, which tied for fourth in the NFL, and safety KEANU NEAL led all NFC safeties with 113 tackles in 2017.

Dunkin Donuts Cups Celebrating the Eagles Super Bowl Win Accidentally Sent to Boston Stores

The Super Bowl feelings are still very raw for both the Patriots and the Eagles, and today there’s even more salt in the wound for Pats fans, as reports state that (on accident) cups celebrating the Super Bowl win for the Eagles were sent to Boston area Dunkin Donuts.

Here’s the tweet with the ‘accident,’ reported on twitter today.

Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, Michael Bennett and De’Vante Bausby Stand in the Tunnel for the National Anthem

Thursday night in a Super Bowl preseason matchup against the New England Patriots, three Eagles players decided to stay in the tunnel for the National Anthem according to TMZ.

Malcolm Jenkins, Michael Bennett and De’Vante Bausby stood quietly in the field entrance tunnel while “The Star-Spangled Banner” played out before the Eagles took on the New England Patriots.

All three came out onto the field when the song ended.

Jenkins and Bennett have been leaders in the demonstration movement — Jenkins has raised his fist during the anthem while Bennett has sat down.

Both players have said they are demonstrating to help put a spotlight on racial injustice and police violence in minority communities.

The demonstration came hours after Miami Dolphins minority owner Serena Williams said she didn’t think Colin Kaepernick would work in the NFL again after suing the league for collusion stemming from the kneeling demonstration he began.

Eagles Coach Doug Pederson Refutes Report WR Alshon Jeffery Will Start Year on PUP List

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is refuting reports that wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will begin the season on the PUP list according to Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice.

Pederson originally said he would not comment on the report, but then he changed his mind. “You know what, I’m not going to comment on that because we’re monitoring his progress, it’s day-to-day, we’re happy where he’s at, and we’ll continue to do that.” He added that he is “not sure” where the intial reports came from.

The 28-year-old Jeffery underwent rotator cuff surgery after the Super Bowl and was given a six-month estimate as to when he would be ready for action. While his availability for Week 1 is in doubt, it does not sound like he will miss the first six games of the season on the PUP list.

Video: Watch Brian Dawkins’ Hall of Fame Speech as He Joins the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

In Brian Dawkins’ speech at the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, the Philadelphia Eagles safety thanks all the haters for the motivation over the years.

Dawkins also opens up about the emotional turmoil that he’s endured with depression and pleads with those in pain to “keep pushing through.”

Philadelphia Eagles 2018 Training Camp Capsule

OPEN CAMP: July 25, NovaCare Complex, Philadelphia

LAST YEAR: Won first Super Bowl title and franchise’s first NFL championship since 1960, defeating Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Patriots. Overcame losing several key players to injury, including QB Carson Wentz, LT Jason Peters, LB Jordan Hicks and others. Backup QB Nick Foles led way after Wentz tore ACL in Week 14, earning Super Bowl MVP honors. Coach Doug Pederson’s offense was balanced yet aggressive. Players bought into team-first attitudes. Defense thrived under coordinator Jim Schwartz. DT Fletcher Cox anchored deep line that included Super Bowl hero Brandon Graham. Special teams were solid despite losing PR Darren Sproles. Rookie K Jake Elliott showed strong leg.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: DE Michael Bennett, DT Haloti Ngata, WR Mike Wallace, LB Corey Nelson, TE Richard Rodgers, rookie TE Dallas Goedert.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: Offensive coordinator Frank Reich, QB coach John DeFilippo, TE Trey Burton, RB LeGarrette Blount, DE Vinny Curry, CB Patrick Robinson, LB Mychal Kendricks, WR Torrey Smith, DT Beau Allen, TE Brent Celek, P Donnie Jones.

CAMP NEEDS: Wentz will be closely monitored but there’s no urgency to rush him with Foles still on team. His rehab will be biggest story this summer. Other key players returning from injury include Peters, Hicks, Sproles, special teams ace Chris Maragos and DT Tim Jernigan. Defense needs LB to emerge as replacement for Kendricks and CB to replace Robinson at nickel spot. Both QBs need to build chemistry with new Nos. 2-3 TEs.

EXPECTATIONS: Trying to become first Super Bowl champs to repeat since 2003-04 Patriots, and anything less will be considered disappointment. Wentz, Peters and other star players who missed playoffs last year are determined to win it all and won’t let teammates get complacent. Overall, team improved on paper but it’ll be difficult to match unique bond last year’s group had.