- Colts QB Carson Wentz to be sidelined “indefinitely” with foot injury
- Wentz injured his foot during Thursday’s practice
- Indianapolis holding steady as a +115 AFC South co-favorite
The Indianapolis Colts have had high hopes for quarterback Carson Wentz since they traded for the former No. 2 overall pick earlier this offseason. However, things seem to have gotten off to a rocky start. On Friday, the Colts said their new QB1 will be sidelined “indefinitely” after suffering a foot injury toward the end of Thursday’s training camp practice.
Wentz reportedly felt a “twinge” in his foot after rolling out and planting before making a throw. Offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said, “He’s with the docs, trying to figure out what the process is. Still evaluating what the next move is, how bad it is. Then we’ll go from there.” Brady is serving as the Colts’ interim head coach with Frank Reich currently away from the team after testing positive for Covid earlier in the week.
Indy Needs Wentz Healthy
Indianapolis sent a third-round pick in the draft and a conditional 2022 second-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Wentz earlier this year. The Colts are hoping that a reunion with Reich, who was Wentz’s offensive coordinator earlier in his career with Philly, will help him turn his career around.
Wentz, who was taken by the Eagles with the second overall pick in the 2016 draft, was benched by Philly last season in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts. Wentz endured the worst season of his career, completing just 57.4 percent of his passes for 2,620 yards with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions across 12 appearances for Philadelphia.
Colts' QB Carson Wentz is out indefinitely as he undergoes further testing on a foot injury that he suffered at the end of Thursday's practice, per @MikeWellsNFL and me.
Colts' second-year QB Jacob Eason took the starter reps at today's practice, with Sam Ellinger as his backup.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2021
Wentz nearly won the NFL MVP award in just his second pro campaign back in 2017 before suffering a season-ending torn ACL that December. The Eagles would go on to win the Super Bowl that year with Nick Foles filling in for Wentz as the team’s starter.
Wentz has never fully bounced back from the injury, and this is just the latest in what has been a series of setbacks for him in recent years. The North Dakota State product has played a full 16-game season just twice in his first five years as a pro.
Colts’ QB Depth Issues
Former Washington standout Jacob Eason is expected to take the first-team reps at quarterback with Wentz sidelined. Eason didn’t make a single regular-season appearance last year as a rookie for the Colts, while his primary backup is ex-Texas QB Sam Ehlinger. Ehlinger was taken with the Colts’ sixth-round pick this past April.
Indianapolis decided against re-signing Jacoby Brissett this offseason, while last year’s starter, Philip Rivers, retired. The Colts have a lot invested in Wentz’s ability to stay healthy given the lack of experience behind him on the depth chart. Brissett is now a backup to Tua Tagovailoa with the Miami Dolphins.
Xavier Rhodes and Darius Leonard are among the other Colts currently away from the team with injuries, while running back Marlon Mack is returning from a torn Achilles. Indianapolis made the playoffs as a Wild Card last year after going 10-6 during the regular season, only to fall to the Buffalo Bills in the first round. The Colts are +115 co-favorites with the Tennessee Titans to win the AFC South in 2021, though their odds to win Super Bowl 56 sit at a distant +2800.
Indianapolis is slated to begin their preseason schedule at home against the Carolina Panthers on August 15. Indy will close out the preseason with back-to-back road games at Minnesota and Detroit before opening the regular-season schedule at home against the Seattle Seahawks on September 12.