Nick Foles to open season for Eagles

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Wentz is coming off a torn ACL last December and the Eagles have preached patience with his recovery.

In the video courtesy of ABC6, Pederson would only confirm that quarterback Carson Wentz has not yet been cleared for contact, but refused to reports that Foles would be the starter for Thursday's season-opening game against the Atlanta Falcons.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Eagles are planning to start Foles - not Wentz - in their season opener against the Falcons on Thursday. As for what this means for Philadelphia in the most recent NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 1, well let's see where the defending champions stand along with the other 31 teams. Still, Doug Pederson is playing coy.

Foles struggled a bit down the stretch of the regular season, but was electric during the playoffs and was the best player on the field during the Super Bowl. When asked if there was still time for Wentz to return, Pederson said: "We got a lot of days left". And until he is cleared, until he is deemed 100 percent ready to play competitive, tackle football, Wentz will not play. It's Foles, and that's just fine with the Eagles.

Foles and the Eagles will begin their Super Bowl defense on September 6 by hosting the Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Eagles only practice three more times, including Sunday, before the game.

"He starts shooting you videos", Howard Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, told reporters on Saturday.

The news of Foles starting comes a day after John Clark of NBC 10 cornered the surgeon who repaired Wentz's knee, Dr. Jim Bradley, for some revealing on-the-record comments.

But as soon as Thursday night's game is over, the dance will begin again.

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