Rookie to start at QB for Eagles
PHILADELPHIA — The Carson Wentz era officially begins Sunday.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson confirmed Monday morning that the rookie quarterback will start against the Cleveland Browns.
“Everybody feels like this kid is ready to go,” Pederson said. “We drafted him to take over the reins. We have to be smart in how we handle it, but at the same time, we fully expect him to perform like he’s capable of performing.”
Pederson said Wentz’s two fractured ribs, which kept him out of the last three preseason games, have completely healed.
“What he’s done around this building, the plays he’s made in practice, in the one preseason game, has given me confidence that he can lead this football team,” Pederson said. “I’m excited. We’re going full steam ahead.”
Pederson said he would have been content to let Wentz spend the season watching and learning behind Sam Bradford, but when the Minnesota Vikings offered the Eagles a first-round pick and a conditional fourthround selection for Bradford over the weekend, everything changed.
“Would the ideal situation be later than sooner? Sure,” Pederson said. “But right now, where we are, we’ve got a good football team around him. We’ve got a good defense. Good special teams. Good offensive line. Good runner. So all the pieces are here for him to be successful and for us to win some games.”
O’Brien: Watt will play Sunday
HOUSTON — All-Pro defensive lineman J.J. Watt will play in Houston’s season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Watt returned to practice Monday for the first time since undergoing back surgery in July. Coach Bill O’Brien said after practice that Watt would play.
Watt missed all of training camp and the Texans’ four preseason games after surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back.
Ravens bring back Forsett
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Justin Forsett was re-signed by the Baltimore Ravens, who cut the former Pro Bowl running back Saturday.
Forsett ran for 1,266 yards in 2014 and carried for 641 yards as the starter last year before a broken arm cut short his season in late November.
He saw limited action in the preseason before being released in a surprising move. That left the Ravens with just two healthy running backs: Terrance West and Javorius Allen.
The team offered no explanation for his release, or why he was brought back.
Forsett was due to receive $3 million this season. He will have to sign a new contract before returning to practice Tuesday
49ers cut TE Miller
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers released tight end Bruce Miller on Monday, just hours after he was arrested for assaulting two men.
Miller was charged with aggravated assault, elder abuse, threats and battery after an early-morning fight at a San Francisco hotel, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Miller was booked into county jail.
The police said they were called to the hotel at approximately 2:45 a.m. after Miller tried to enter a hotel room occupied by an elderly couple. The couple’s 29-year-old son, staying in the next room, then told Miller he was at the wrong room. Miller, who was intoxicated at the time, attacked the son and his 70-year-old father, who came to his son’s defense, police said.
Kaepernick jersey sales up
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Sales of Colin Kaepernick’s jersey have jumped to No. 3 in the NFL since the San Francisco 49ers quarterback began his national-anthem protest, according to NFL.com.
The only NFL players with hotterselling jerseys are Dallas rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
According to the 49ers’ website, Kaepernick’s jersey is the top seller on the team. It was the sixth-best seller before the protest. More Kaepernick gear has been sold in the past week than the previous eight months combined, ESPN reported.
Kaepernick announced last week he would no longer stand for the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice.
Foster to start vs. Seahawks
DAVIE, Fla. — Four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster is a starter again.
Foster was listed with the first unit on the Miami Dolphins’ depth chart Monday and will start their opener Sunday at Seattle less than 11 months after tearing his Achilles tendon while with the Houston Texans.
Signed by Miami in July, Foster rushed for just 5 yards on seven carries in the preseason, but beat out Jay Ajayi for the starting job.
Foster holds the Texans’ franchise record with 6,472 yards rushing, but injuries have limited him to 25 games over the past three years. He played in just four games last season, averaging 2.6 yards per carry.
Sanchez to back up Prescott
FRISCO, Texas — While Mark Sanchez has a new offense to learn in Dallas, the veteran quarterback sees another important element of his role in his first week as the backup to rookie Dak Prescott, who is preparing for the opener against the New York Giants.
After all, Sanchez was a rookie starter once, too.
“You don’t want to bombard the guy, especially as a rookie,” Sanchez said after his first practice with the Cowboys on Monday. “And I know from experience that’s really important. You don’t need a million people telling you how to throw a slant route. You just need to go with what you know, be as comfortable as you can, and I’m here to help.”
Sanchez signed with Dallas on Sunday, a day after he was released in Denver when he lost a battle for the starting job to second-year player Trevor Siemian. He could end up as the No. 3 quarterback in Dallas when Tony Romo returns from a broken bone in his back, although it’s still not known when Romo will be ready. TODAY WEDNESDAY TODAY RADIO BASEBALL
Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz throws a pass during the second half a preseason game last month against Tampa Bay. Wentz will start for the Eagles against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.