Injuries have been the name of the game for new Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz throughout his career.
Dating back to his time with the Philadelphia Eagles starting in 2016, Wentz just has not been able to stay healthy. That included him missing time to injury to conclude three of his final four seasons in Philadelphia.
Wentz, 28, also dealt with a lower-body injury during training camp. Shockingly, he was able to suit up in Indianapolis’ season-opening loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Taking on the Los Angeles Rams at home on Sunday, Wentz went down with another injury about midway through the fourth quarter after landing awkwardly on his ankle following a hit from star Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
With Wentz sidelined for the remainder of the game, Jacob Eason threw an interception to pretty much end things. It moved the Colts to a disappointing 0-2 on the season. However, there’s now more concern over the injury suffered by a player who Indianapolis’ brass thinks is a franchise quarterback.
Carson Wentz injury update
“He rolled it up pretty bad. I had a sense when he walked off the field. It didn’t look good. Sometimes if you go back in right away when it’s still warm you can maybe gut out a few more plays,” Colts head coach Frank Reich told reporters after the game. “The longer we were off the field, it stiffened up and he tried, but there was no chance.”
As for Wentz, the quarterback didn’t seem much more optimistic about the injury than his head coach.
“Felt it right away. Tried to tape it up and do everything I could to finish the game. I’ve sprained my ankle probably 100 times since I was a kid. This one I just couldn’t play on it,” Wentz said.
The expectation here is that Wentz will undergo further testing on Monday to confirm the extent of the injury. For now, Indianapolis is crossing its fingers and hoping for the best.
Only 30 teams have earned a spot in the NFL Playoffs since 1990 after starting a season 0-2. That’s the position these Colts are in right now.
Unfortunately for Indianapolis, its 27-24 loss to the Rams came after the team stayed competitive against a superior team.
With Wentz sidelined, Eason threw an interception into the hands of Jalen Ramsey on a ball targeted for Jack Doyle. That pretty much ended the game right there.
Next up for the Colts is a Week 3 outing against the division-rival Tennessee Titans in Nashville. There’s no telling whether Carson Wentz will be on the field. We’ll have further updates as they become available.