Carson Wentz's knee injury is worse than first feared, but the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback insists that will not delay his return.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Wentz says he tore the lateral collateral ligament as well as the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in the Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
But Wentz is still targeting a return for the 2018 regular-season opener in September.
"My goal is to be out there Week 1. The timetable stuff, I wish I knew just as much as you guys wish you knew," he said.
"It's just such a fluid process, and we'll just see what happens.
"I am who I am. Injuries happen. Injuries aren't going to change me. Obviously you guys want to talk about, 'are you learning to protect yourself?' We talked about that all season long, and that will continue to grow and develop, but as far as playing aggressive and being the player that I am, I won't change."
In Wentz's absence, Nick Foles stepped in and threw three touchdowns in the 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game to book the Eagles' spot in Super Bowl LII.
Wentz said he is trying to "help in any way" he can as Foles gets ready to face the Patriots.
Despite missing the final three games of the regular season, Wentz threw for 3,296 yards and was second in the NFL in touchdown passes with 33 to just seven interceptions.