Carson Wentz Back in Action For Colts
Carson Wentz is back at practice for the Indianapolis Colts, and it could put him on track to be under center for the season opener.
Wentz underwent surgery on his left foot just three weeks ago, and the process was to remove a broken bone.
At the time that the injury occurred to Wentz, the Colts announced that the quarterback would miss at least 5-12 weeks after surgery. The team was waiting to see how the left ankle responded to the surgery before providing an updated timeline, and he has responded much better than expected.
Monday was the first time that Wentz was on the practice field since July 29, and the Colts initially announced that he would be a limited participant. That was not the case as Wentz was under center during the 7 on 7 drills and remained that way for more than an hour.
Head coach Frank Reich was not expecting to see Wentz back so soon, and that has forced him to change his thoughts about what the first game would look like. Reich was hopeful that Wentz would get at least two weeks of practice in before seeing any game action, and he could get at least three weeks in before the season opener.
The Colts will continue to monitor Wentz over the next few days, and they will watch and see how the ankle responds. There is enough time for the Colts to dial back the expectations and workload for Wentz yet again and still get him ready for the season opener.
The Colts also got another pair of players back on the practice field on Monday, including guard Quenton Nelson. Nelson had the same injury that Wentz had, and both players now appear to be on the same timetable to return.
Center Ryan Kelly returned to practice after suffering a left elbow injury earlier this preseason.
Colts Win Another Preseason Game
After picking up a narrow victory at home against the Carolina Panthers to begin the preseason, the Colts were back in action this past weekend against the Minnesota Vikings. It was another close battle for the Colts, but it was also another victory while playing without the number one quarterback.
Jacob Eason once again got the start for the Colts, and he was followed by rookie Sam Ehlinger. Both quarterbacks played well once again, despite failing to ever reach the end zone while on the field.
The final score was a 12-10 win for Indianapolis as Rodrigo Blankenship, and Eddy Piniero combined to make four field goals in the win. Indianapolis is expected to once again have a terrific defense in 2021, and that unit stepped up to lead the Colts over the Vikings.
The third and final preseason game for the Colts will take them to Detroit for a matchup with the 0-2 Lions on Friday night. This will be another opportunity for Eason and Ehlinger to prove that they should either be the Week 1 starter or the number two option.
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