Carson Wentz expects to participate in 11-on-11 drills next week Adam Vinatieri Jersey , but it's uncertain whether he'll be ready for the season opener.
The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 6. Wentz's goal since having surgery last December to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee has been to be ready for that game.
"It's no secret that it's going to be close," Wentz said after the Eagles completed training camp Tuesday.
"We've seen where I'm at in camp and hopefully next week I'm doing 11-on-11s. I think, naturally, it's going to be close. Ultimately, it won't be my call, the coach's call. Ultimately, it'll be up to the doctors."
The Eagles are in no rush to have their franchise quarterback return too soon. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is Wentz's backup and he's ready to step in like he did in Week 14 last season.
"I'm going to take it day by day," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said about Wentz's status. "I am going to evaluate it this weekend. I'm going to see where he is at. Medically, I am going to see where he is at Willie Young Jersey , because I'm going to trust our doctors. We'll make a decision at some point."
Pederson said he'd like for Wentz to practice for a full week before he played in a game. Wentz still hasn't been cleared for contact.
Foles is supposed to make his preseason debut Thursday night at New England after sitting out last week's game. He had missed a few practices because of muscle spasms in his neck and shoulder area.
Foles will see Tom Brady for the first time since the Super Bowl. Brady didn't congratulate Foles after the game and many people blew it out of proportion.
"We both have a lot going on in our lives, so in time," Foles said. "It will happen when it happens. We practiced with the Patriots several years ago and I talked to Tom quite a bit. He's a great guy. I have all the respect in the world for him. I think everybody is making too big a deal out of this. It's not a big deal at all."
The Washington Wizards went cold in the final quarter of their final game of the regular season – and it cost them.
The Wizards shot 5 for 25 in the fourth quarter and 34 percent for the game, losing 101-92 to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night and finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff seeding.
”We just couldn’t make any shots tonight. Nobody had a shot fall consistently other than Jodie (Meeks),” coach Scott Brooks said. ”The Magic made the plays when they wanted, when they needed to, and we didn’t. They played better than us tonight.”
Meeks came off the bench with five 3-pointers to score a game-high 18 points for Washington, which lost five of its final six games. A win would have pulled the Wizards (43-39) up to seventh place and a first-round playoff series against Boston. Instead, they will play Toronto in the opening round.
”I was telling the guys in the locker room that we don’t condone any losses Darius Leonard Jersey , but we throw this one out. We move on,” said Bradley Beal, who scored 13 points. ”We shot ourselves in the foot. We have done it all year.
”Now we are the eighth seed and we just have to go and compete.”
Rodney Purvis scored 16 points to lead Orlando, while Mario Hezonja finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Arron Afflalo hit five of six shots in the second quarter in leading Orlando to a 55-45 halftime lead.
Washington regained the lead early in the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer by Purvis put Orlando ahead to stay at 84-81. After a layup by Beal pulled the Wizards to within two at 86-84 with 4:34 left, they went more than three minutes without scoring while Orlando pulled ahead by 10.
Brooks decided to rest guard John Wall, who had played 36 minutes in Tuesday night’s win over Boston.
”Let’s face it, any time you lose one of the best players in the league http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/devin-hester-jersey , it puts your team in a tough position,” Brooks said. ”We’re a different team with him, like any team would be. He’s dynamic, he’s explosive, gets easy points for all of us.”
Easy points weren’t easy to come by Wednesday night.
”To see us take a playoff team that needed a win and hold them to 34 percent shooting, I’m very proud of that,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said.
The Magic (25-25) played the second half without Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, D.J. Augustin and Bismack Biyombo La'el Collins Jersey , who combined for 26 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.
”It doesn’t mean much, but it’s always better than losing,” Vucevic said.
Magic forward Marreese Speights was ejected with 8:59 left in the third quarter after elbowing Marcin Gortat in the face while both were walking up the court. A double technical was called on the play.
Gortat said the Wizards are confident first-round underdogs. ”We have a team with a lot of veterans. We’ve been playing together a long time and we have been in big battles in the past,” he said. ”We need to play our game with a lot better effort than we did today.”
Wizards: F Otto Porter did not play because of a lower right leg strain. Brooks said Porter’s playoff availability is undetermined. … Beal started all 82 games this season.
Magic: With 13 3-pointers, a team record was set with 844 for the season, three more than in 2009-10. ”We’re just catching up with the rest of the league,” Vogel said. … Biyombo played in all 82 games and has missed only one game in the last three seasons.
Wizards: First round of the playoffs against Toronto.
Magic: End of season.
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