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Doug Pederson to 'test' Carson Wentz at practice

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is taking the long view when it comes to rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, but the plan is to give him a little work Saturday to see how he is progressing after suffering a hairline rib fracture in the preseason opener Aug. 11.

"We're going to test him a little bit today, just throwing a little bit. But that's one that I'm not going to rush back," Pederson said. "I know that injury can be a little discomforting, but at the same time want to see where he's at."

Pederson indicated that he is still trying to get Wentz ready to play in the Sept. 1 preseason finale against the New York Jets. The head coach described Wentz as "day-to-day" and said the same applies to top wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who remains sidelined with a bone bruise in his knee.

"He's still being evaluated," Pederson said. "Would love to hopefully get him out here this week. We've just got to see. But I'm not going to rush him, I'm not going to push him to get back out here. I want to make sure he's 100 percent before he hits the field."

If Matthews can't suit up Aug. 27 against the Indianapolis Colts, Pederson suggested that he will probably still sit him with the rest of the starters for the fourth preseason game, meaning his first game action could come in Week 1 of the regular season against the Cleveland Browns.

Pederson opened his news conference by saying he excused defensive tackle Fletcher Cox from Saturday's practice following the death of his high school position coach, Kyle Wallace.