Carson Wentz was traded over from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Colts in hopes that he’d regain his MVP form and take the Colts further in the playoffs.
Well, those hopes seemed to go out the window when Carson Wentz was reported to have a foot injury at the end of practice one day in during the Colts training camp.
For a team that was really excited by the prospect of Carson Wentz coming back in full form, the news was incredibly disappointing to fans and the organization. The foot injury was reported to have a recovery timeline of 5-12 weeks, which meant that Wentz could miss several games this upcoming season.
— NFL (@NFL) August 2, 2021
Carson Wentz Knee Injury
Wentz’s injury history is something to remain concerned about. Back in 2017, Wentz was having the best year of his career as he had the Eagles in prime position to win the Super Bowl as they sat on an 11-2 record.
Disaster would strike, however, as Wentz tore his ACL and would miss the rest of the season and the playoffs. Nick Foles would come through and the Eagles would win the Super Bowl anyway, but that injury would kickstart a bad raport of injury troubles.
The next year, Wentz would again miss time due to injury as he sat out several games with a back vertebral fracture. To this day, Wentz has only played two full seasons in his five year career.
This foot injury Wentz suffered has some history to it too. Back in high school, Wentz had an old foot injury which gradually became worse through the years with a broken bone coming loose. This bone was removed during Wentz’s surgery.
Carson Wentz’s offseasons:
2016: a rookie learning a new play book and how to be an NFL QB
2017: applying rookie lessons learned, hoping to make a sophomore jump
2018: rehabbing an ACL
2019: rehabbing a back fracture
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) July 31, 2020
What Happened To Carson Wentz? Will Carson Wentz Play In Week 1?
After undergoing successful surgery on his foot on August 2nd, Carson Wentz’s timeline for recovery was initially reported to be about 5-12 weeks.
However, the Colts quarterback may be coming back sooner than expected. While it’s not a certainity yet, the Colts are cautiously optimistic that Wentz can come in and play during week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.
If Wentz is able to return that would be incredible for the Colts. In Wentz’s place, 2021 sixth-round pick Sam Ehlinger and 2020 fourth-round pick Jacob Eason have been taking starting reps. The expectation is that Eason will start if Wentz is unable to make it back in time for week 1.
The amount of time Wentz plays has a significant impact when it comes to the trade the Eagles and Colts pulled off. The Eagles currently received a second round pick from the Colts, but that pick could become a first rounder.
How? Well, Wentz would have to play 75% of the Cotls’ offensive snaps, or he would have to play at least 70% and lead Indianapolis to the playoffs. Wentz’s situation is still developing, and it remains to be seen if he’ll start when the season starts. For right now, he is trending towards that.
Carson Wentz and Quenton Nelson are trending to play in Week 1, per @mortreport
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