After the Indianapolis Colts sent a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 second-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles for Carson Wentz, Colts head coach Frank Reigh looked to be the perfect guy to revitalize his career.
After all, he was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles in 2017 when Wentz had an MVP-like season. Just like the end of 2017 however, the injury bug has hit Carson once again this offseason.
Carson Wentz Injury Problem
During the first few days of training camp, Wentz appeared to suffer a foot injury that has been bothering him ever since high school oddly enough. Apparently, the broken bone recently became loose which has caused a lot of discomfort and pain.
Despite Carson trying to avoid surgery initially, it seemed like the only option for him to make a full recovery. Thankfully for Wentz, the surgery went well but it will force him to be sidelined anywhere from 5-12 weeks.
Technically, five weeks comes just before the start of the regular season so there is a chance he could be ready for Week 1. With that being said, he is missing valuable practice time with his teammates.
After all, he is joining a new team for the first time in his career and must develop rapport with his guys. Showing up for Week 1 and expecting it to go well right off the bat is a longshot.
Let’s not forget, the last time we saw Carson, he was playing so poorly that Eagles coach Doug Peterson had no choice but to bench him in favor of a rookie quarterback.
Not only does Wentz have to prove to himself that he is a good quarterback once again, but he has to prove it to his coaches, teammates, and fan base as well.
Despite the Colts being in a relatively weak division with Houston and Jacksonville, the Titans look to be the team to beat. Indianapolis cannot afford to get off to a bad start especially with how tough their schedule is.
The only other quarterbacks on the roster are Jacob Eason, Brett Hundley, and Sam Ehlinger who have a combined nine NFL starts.
To make matters worse for the Colts, all-pro guard Quinton Nelson will have to undergo the same procedure as Wentz which will force him to miss 5-12 weeks as well.
If I were Indianapolis, I would look to add a veteran with more experience to hold down the fort until Wentz returns. There has been speculation that the Colts could be in the mix for trading for Bears QB Nick Foles who ironically stepped in for the injured Carson Wentz the same year the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
If that were to happen, however, that may open a can of worms entirely. Selecting someone else may be the better option.
Whatever they decide to do, Indianapolis must have a steady plan B in case Carson’s recovery forces him to miss multiple months.