The initial report was that Wentz suffered an ankle injury on a brutal tackle by Aaron Donald.
Now it appears both of his ankles are injured.
Colts’ HC Frank Reich said QB Carson Wentz sprained both ankles and it’s too early to tell what his status is for Sunday at Tennessee.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 20, 2021
This is quite the development and another example in the string of bad injury luck for Wentz.
No Clear Timetable Yet
One sprained ankle was enough to have the quarterback’s status in question.
Now the Colts know Wentz cannot stand comfortably on either leg with two separate ankle sprains.
If there is no structural damage then this will come down to how Wentz can tolerate the pain.
In most cases, you would be cautious with such a set of injuries.
But the Colts are now 0-2 and face a tough Tennessee Titans team on the road in Week 3.
If Wentz cannot go, that leaves it up to Jacob Eason to get the start.
Jacob Eason has replaced the injured Carson Wentz. https://t.co/ocwzYahi0E
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 19, 2021
Let’s say he does and the Colts fall to 0-3.
In a 17-game season, that is not a playoff death sentence.
However, the AFC is awfully tough this year and three losses out of the gate would put the Colts at a huge disadvantage.
So if Wentz feels he can go, he has to if the Colts want to save the season before it is too late.
A win in Week 3 would give the Colts and the Titans 1-2 records.
The Houston Texans are currently 1-1 and the Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-2.
So a Colts win ensures they are likely at the top of the division, given the Texans struggle without Tyrod Taylor.
This is a lot to process so early in the year, but it is realistic given how dominant the AFC is in 2021.
A String Of Bad Luck
Poor Wentz just can’t seem to stay healthy.
He has only started 16 games twice in his NFL career and missed out in the Super Bowl in what could have been a defining moment in his young career.
If Wentz won the Super Bowl for the Philadelphia Eagles instead of Nick Foles, the team likely would not have moved on.
Now we have two ankle sprains and at least one suffered on a freak incident during a tackle.
Some may call him injury-prone, while others will note how the NFL is full of injuries and tough luck.
But all the Colts care about is seeing if Wentz is good enough to go in Week 3.
If not, Eason needs to step up and basically save the season before we even reach October.