Carson Wentz is desperately looking for a fresh start after his trade from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Indianolis Colts, but it starts off a bit with an uneven start in training camp. After only participating in two drills, Wentz was kept out of the team’s third training session on Friday with a foot injury, the team announced.
According to a report from the NFL Network, Wentz will visit podiatrist Dr. Robert Anderson in the near future. It is only at that time that a timetable for his return will be formulated. NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo noted that “for now, the team is calming down in Week 1, which is still six weeks away,” which doesn’t exactly sound encouraging. That’s what his colleague, Ian Roport, said surgery is an option for Wentz.
While it’s a minor affliction for Wentz to be determined, it’s burning on the dark cloud of injuries that have attached to what began as a promising NFL career. The team is currently evaluating “what the next move is and how bad it is”, according to offensive coordinator Marcus Brady, via Jim Ayello from The Indianolis star. Brady says Wentz felt a “jerk” in his foot after rolling out on an exercise representative.
And without Wentz on QB1 – should that continue to be the case in Week 1 and above – the Colts will see their odds of taking AFC South reduce. With Wentz at the center, the Colts are expected to have a solid 49.7% chance of winning the division, but it drops sharply to just 35.8% if Jacob Eason is the starter in 2021, according to CBS Sports statistics analyst Stephen Oh.
In addition, Oh projects the odds of the Colts reaching the playoffs dropping nearly 16% – from 73.8 to 57.9 – and putting them in murky waters going forward.
Eason does not have the experience that many consider necessary to carry the franchise, and while he may surprise if Wentz is on the sidelines in the foreseeable future, there is also a chance that he may not; and rookie quarterback Sam Ehlinger should also be ridiculously kicked off as a potential QB2.
Wentz, formerly another overall pick of the Eagles, enjoyed an MVP-caliber season in 2017 before going down with a torn ACL just before playoff backup Nick Foles stepped in to finish the job on his way to lead the team to his first Lombardi trophy ever and is named Super Bowl MVP in the process. In 2018, he missed the first two games with a knee injury and was eventually shut down with a back injury, but despite his durability issues, the Eagles took advantage of his fifth year before giving him a $ 128 million four-year contract with $ 107 million guaranteed less than two months later.
They continued with the playoffs in 2019, but Wentz played only nine sns in the NFC wld card against the Seattle Seahawks before leaving with a concussion after only one finish. The Eagles lost that competition, and Wentz would see his career arc in Philly take a nosedive thereafter — after being benched in 2020 for rookie second-round pick Jalen Hurts — before he was eventually sent to the Colts in an era change that also saw head coach Doug Pedersen get the ax.
Now reunited with Frank Reich, former offensive coordinator for the Eagles’ head coach at Indy, there’s a lot at stake for Wentz heading into 2021. The last thing he needs is another injury, but that’s exactly what it’s. on his plate at the moment. Until he returns, it will be second-year talent Jacob Eason who takes first-team representatives and hopes to impress in the process.