- Indianapolis Colts QB Cason Wentz underwent surgery on Monday and is expected to be out for 5-12 weeks.
- The Colts traded for Wentz during the offseason with the hopes that he can rekindle his best season under Frank Reich.
- Instead, Indianapolis has seen its futures betting odds drop with the possibility that he will miss the team’s first 8 games of the 2021 season.
Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz underwent surgery on his injured left foot on Monday and is expected to be out for 5-12 weeks.
The news was announced by Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich:
Breaking: Carson Wentz will undergo foot surgery, Colts head coach Frank Reich announced.
Wentz will miss 5-12 weeks. pic.twitter.com/saU02byev8
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 2, 2021
Wentz suffered the injury last Thursday when he rolled out and planted to throw during practice. He felt a “twinge in his foot” and exited the game.
The Colts and Wentz consulted several specialists to determine the best recovery process. At first Wentz wanted to rest the foot for a while and he how it will go but in the end, the parties agreed that the best course of action will be surgery and his return timetable will greatly affect the Colts’ 2021 season performance.
Was Supposed to be an Indy Reunion
Wentz and Reich reunited in Indy 🙏
Wentz was an MVP candidate with Frank Reich as his OC in 2017 pic.twitter.com/mn2lMlqjP3
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 18, 2021
When the Colts traded for Wentz, it was supposed to reunite him with the former coach in Philadelphia who helped him deliver the best season of his NFL career before getting hurt. Now, Wentz is hurt against and the Colts could be in trouble right now because they lack experience at the quarterback position.
Indianapolis has Jason Eason, Sam Ehlinger, Jason Morton, and Brett Hundley whom the Colts signed last Saturday. Hundley is the only one among the four to throw a pass in am NFL regular season game. Eason, a 4th round pick in 2020, will continue to receive first-team reps in practice and is believed to be their starter in Wentz’s absence.
However, there are current rumors linking the Colts to a trade for Nick Foles. Foles is currently the third-string quarterback in Chicago but he has history of taking over from Wentz and leading the Eagles to victory at Super Bowl LII. Frank Reich was the coach of that team too. There are no talks yet, but Foles seems interested.
Colts Fall to Second in Divisional Oddsboards
W/ Colts QB Carson Wentz expected miss 5-12 weeks, the Titans are now odds-on favorites to win the AFC South at Caesars/William Hill.
The Colts’ division odds have moved from +110 to +170 since last night. The Titans’ division odds have improved from +110 to -135.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) August 2, 2021
Indianapolis’ division odds went from +110 to +170 at Caesars/William Hill on Monday night after Wentz’s timetable was revealed. On the other hand, the Titans were the beneficiaries of the Colts’ bad news as they moved from +110 to -135, the new odds on favorite to win the AFC South.
Elsewhere, CBSSportsLine had Indianapolis getting bumped from the top of its AFC South oddsboard at +110 to second place at +135. Tennessee meanwhile moved +115 to become the new betting favorite to win the division at -105. At FanDuel, Indianapolis’ division odds shifted from +140 to +160.
But aside from moving to second place in the divisional odds, the Colts haven’t moved much in terms of Conference and Super Bowl odds. They are a +1600 to win the AFC and a +3000 to win Super Bowl LVI at BetMGM and are still a +2800 at the BetOnline App.
😱 Wentz will undergo foot surgery and be out for 5-12 weeks.
The Colts still have +2800 odds to win Super Bowl LVI. pic.twitter.com/z1UbQFtBle
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) August 2, 2021
Without Wentz however, Indianapolis may not go that far in the playoffs, if at all they make it to the postseason.