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Colts QB Carson Wentz to have surgery, out 5-12 weeks

Field Level Media
03 Aug 2021, 06:05 GMT+10

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will undergo surgery on his left foot Monday and be sidelined for five to 12 weeks, coach Frank Reich said.

"Obviously we're optimistic and hopeful that we can be on the front end of that," Reich said of the timeline.

Reich told reporters Wentz had aprevious foot injury dating back to as far as high school. A broken bone loosened and caused pain for Wentz, Reich said. That bone will be removed entirely during the operation.

Dr. David Porter, an orthopedic foot specialist who works with the Colts, will perform the surgery Monday afternoon in Indianapolis, ESPN reported.

Wentz, 28, was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles in an offseason trade after the retirement of Philip Rivers. Wentz left Thursday's practice before it was completed.

Wentz has a history of injuries dating to his time at North Dakota State. With the Eagles, he suffered a rib fracture, torn ACL, back injury and concussion.

Jacob Eason ran the first-team offense to end Thursday's practice and again Friday and Saturday. He was a fourth-round pick in 2020 out of Washington but has no NFL game experience.

"The job is Jacob's right now ... and he's gotta earn it. But he's in the driver's seat," Reich said.

The Colts opened at 3100 odds to win the Super Bowl with FanDuel Sportsbook, which lists the Colts at 160 to win the AFC South division.

If the Colts opt to pursue a veteran, Bears backup Nick Foles is expected to be available. He's the No. 3 quarterback behind Andy Dalton and Justin Fields in Chicago.

Foles stepped in for an injured Wentz in 2017 and guided the Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl LII. Reich was the Eagles' offensive coordinator at the time.

"Listen, Frank Reich is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, coaches of all time. He understands me as a player," Foles said. "He understands me as a person. But you know, I haven't had any talks with them. I'm a Chicago Bear right now. But he knows me, he understands."

The Colts signed quarterback Brett Hundley on Saturday. The 28-year-old will compete with 2021 sixth-round pick Sam Ehlinger (Texas) and undrafted free agent Jalen Morton for a roster spot.

Wentz was selected by the Eagles with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was 35-32-1 as a starter, but after a subpar 2020 season, the Eagles decided to turn to 2020 second-round draft pick Jalen Hurts this season.

In Philadelphia, Wentz completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 16,811 yards with 113 touchdowns and 50 interceptions.

--Field Level Media

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