On Monday, coach Bill O’Brien told NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” that the young quarterback is currently “on schedule” to be a participant in training camp this summer. O’Brien went on to say that Watson is “doing a good job in his rehab.”
“I think he’s on schedule to be able to participate in training camp. We’re excited about that.”
Now, that isn’t a guarantee that Watson will be out there in Week 1, but it does mean he hasn’t experienced any setbacks and that a Week 1 return does seem plausible. Because Watson suffered an isolated ACL tear, a nine month Optimal Recovery Time is realistic. Had he suffered additional damage to other surrounding ligaments, he would have needed a full 12 months of rehab before making a return. Eagles QB Carson Wentz also tore his ACL last season, but instead of an isolated ACL tear, Wentz also suffered damage to his IT band and meniscus. While he hasn’t experienced any setbacks in his recovery, a Week 1 return isn’t likely.
This is Watson’s second ACL tear, the first was in his left knee while he was at Clemson. Watson made a full recovery then and we expect a similar result this time around. He will carry some injury risk at the start of next season, but he should quickly return to Peak Performance after a few regular season games.