WESTFIELD, Ind. – Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is expected to miss five to 12 weeks due to a broken left foot, coach Frank Reich said Monday.
He was to have surgery Monday to remove a piece of bone, coach Frank Reich said. Doctors determined that Wentz had broken his foot years ago, probably in high school. Part of the bone came loose during practice last Thursday.
Wentz hasn’t practiced since then and instead has been hanging around with doctors. Reich said the Colts will have a better schedule about two weeks after Wentz’s rehab.
Reich made the announcement following his return to the practice range after missing all training sessions last week due to a positive COVID-19 test.
For now, Indy plans to use Jacob Eason as the starter. Eason was a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft and has not appeared in an NFL game, neither in the regular season nor in the preseason. The Colts also signed veteran quarterback Brett Hundley on Saturday.
Wentz’s absence is the latest blow for a team that made the playoffs last season and hoped their new quarterback would help them compete for an AFC championship and the Super Bowl title this season.
Two-time All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard has not practiced due to ankle surgery in June. Two-time left tackle Eric Fisher and defensive lineman Dayo Odeyingbo, selected in the second round in April, are still out as they recover from a torn Achilles tendon.
Starting center Ryan Kelly has missed the last three workouts with a hyperextended elbow and three players – offensive lineman Julien Davenport, defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and cornerback Xavier Rhodes – are still on the reserve / COVID-19 list. .
But cornerback TJ Carrie was activated from the COVID-19 list on Monday and Reich returned to the field for the first time since testing positive for COVID-19, days before the field opened last week. Reich was fully vaccinated.