The Colts put a lot of eggs in the Carson Wentz basket this offseason, acquiring him from Philadelphia in exchange for two draft picks including a conditional second-rounder in 2022. Unfortunately, Wentz won’t be suiting up for Indy anytime soon.
Per Adam Schefter and team reporter Mike Wells—both of ESPN—the sixth-year quarterback will be shelved “indefinitely” after injuring his foot at Colts training camp. With Wentz absent, backup Jacob Eason will command the Colts’ huddle with sixth-round rookie Sam Ehlinger moving up to second on Indy’s depth chart.
Durability has been an issue for Wentz throughout his career. A torn ACL cost Wentz the final six games (postseason included) of 2017 while the North Dakota State alum also missed time with back trouble in 2018. He appeared in every game the following season, but left several games early including the Eagles’ playoff loss to Seattle, when Josh McCown relieved Wentz after he was concussed by Jadeveon Clowney.
Looking for a fresh start in Indianapolis after losing his starting job to Jalen Hurts last season, Wentz’s injury just days into camp represents the latest setback in a career full of disappointments. Wentz never quite lived up to his first-round billing in Philadelphia, spending much of his Eagles tenure in the shadow of fan favorite and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
The Eagles will be closely monitoring Wentz’s status as the 28-year-old’s health could impact where they pick in next year’s draft. Philadelphia’s conditional second-round pick in 2022 could improve to a first rounder if Wentz plays 75 percent of Indy’s offensive snaps this season or if he plays 70 percent and the Colts make the playoffs. Obviously, news of Wentz being out indefinitely puts that first-round pick in jeopardy.