The Indianapolis Colts seem destined to bring it down to the wire in terms of when (or if) they’ll get above the league’s suggested 85% vaccination threshold.
As of the start of training camp, the Colts had a vaccination rate of 60%, which, while improved from a couple of weeks ago, ranks 31st in the entire NFL.
That’s second to last, folks. On Tuesday, several players, including DeForest Buckner, Parris Campbell and Nyheim Hines, got in front of a microphone and explained to reporters why getting the vaccine was an easy decision. Could that spark a change of heart?
It’s tough to say, but the early returns aren’t encouraging. After all, Carson Wentz wouldn’t reveal whether or not he’s been vaccinated. The implication there is disconcerting, and it can obviously come back to haunt the Colts at any point this upcoming season.
However, it can also hurt the Eagles, Wentz’s former team. If Wentz misses some time in protocols, he could jeopardize Philadelphia receiving a 2022 first-round pick from the Colts.
Carson Wentz’s vaccination stance could adversely affect the Eagles.
Let it be known that we would’ve much rather preferred it if Wentz admitted to receiving the vaccine. The “personal choice” response typically means that person opted not to get the shot.
So, how could Wentz potentially maim the Eagles?
In the blockbuster trade that saw Indianapolis net Wentz, the Colts surrendered a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional second-rounder in 2022. In order for the second-rounder to morph into a first, the former No. 2 overall pick has to either play at least 75% of the offensive snaps, or play at least 70% of the snaps while Indy reaches the playoffs.
The odds would clearly put Philadelphia in the driver’s seat, but if Wentz was sidelined in protocols, or, heaven forbid, tested positive for COVID-19, he could miss up to two weeks (or more depending the presence of symptoms).
That would give Wentz’s snap count a chance to dip below the 70% threshold.
If that held up for the duration of the regular season, Indy would retain its 2022 first-round selection, which they could either use to address a position of need, or trade it away on draft night to acquire a disgruntled superstar to bolster their title odds.
This is obviously all speculation, but Colts fans should keep it in the back of their minds in the event Wentz finds himself in health and safety protocols this season.