Colts Lose Carson Wentz to foot injury
The Indianapolis Colts will be without quarterback Carson Wentz for the next 5-12 weeks after he underwent surgery on his foot.
Wentz aggravated a prior injury during a practice last week, and it was determined that surgery was the best course of action.
The Colts acquired Wentz this offseason, and he was immediately slotted into the starting quarterback position. Wentz had a disappointing 2020 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, and a change of scenery was needed for the former MVP candidate.
After Wentz felt the pain in his foot on Thursday, the Colts checked with several different doctors while determining the next steps. All of the doctors agreed that removing the bone fragment from the foot would keep Wentz from suffering from this injury in the future.
Indianapolis is hopeful that Wentz will be able to return closer to five weeks, as the quarterback has shown the ability to play through injuries in the past. There is just too much unknown with this type of injury and surgery at this time to make an accurate timeline of return.
Wentz will be forced to rest for a period of two weeks after the surgery, and then the rehabilitation process will start. It is then that doctors will be able to determine the time it will take for Wentz to make his return to the field.
The Colts were the betting favorites to win the AFC South before this injury to Wentz, but this is a significant blow. It doesn’t help that the Colts have a very difficult stretch of schedule early in 2021, and they will have to stay afloat in the divisional race.
Rivers Set to Return?
One intriguing option for the Indianapolis Colts could be newly-retired Philip Rivers. The Colts were hoping that Rivers would return to the team in 2021, but the 16-year veteran opted for retirement instead.
Rivers led the Colts to the playoffs a season ago, and he is clearly familiar with the coaching staff and the offense. The quarterback himself hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a return, but it doesn’t sound like he is quite ready at this time.
The former Chargers quarterback told the LA Times that, “I’m just going to stay ready. I want to make sure I’m very clear: I’m not predicting I will play in December or January, for that matter. One, you’ve got to have somebody who wants you, and two, it’s got to be right.”
Rivers is not currently in playing shape, and a reunion with the Colts doesn’t seem possible until later on in the year. The Colts are going to need someone to fill the void over the next three months, but Rivers could be on the radar if the injuries continue to pile up for Wentz.
Nick Foles of the Chicago Bears is another potential option for the Colts, but it doesn’t appear that trade talks have started. Foles spoke glowingly about coach Frank Reich on Monday and sounded interested in a reunion.
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