The excitement surrounding the start of Indianapolis Colts training camp was interrupted on Friday when it was confirmed Carson Wentz sustained a foot injury and wouldn’t practice.
Initially, fans, and even some reporters, held out hope that Wentz’s absence was merely precautionary and he’d return after a three-day layoff over the weekend.
Since it’s the Colts, however, you had a feeling it wasn’t going to be that simple. Shortly after the initial bombshell, word quickly spread that Wentz would be out indefinitely while he undergoes further testing and visits revered foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.
If Colts fans thought that news was discouraging, well, wait until they get a load of the latest update on their new franchise quarterback, because it’s NOT good.
According to insider Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated, Wentz’s injury involves a bone and ligament — two things you never want to see paired together when referencing an injury — and the Colts are bracing for the 28-year-old to undergo surgery.
It’s growing increasingly likely that Carson Wentz will need surgery.
Heartbreaking. Devastating. Unfair. Phrase it however you’d like. Pretty much every word in the dictionary that doesn’t exude optimism applies here.
While the injury isn’t expected to be season-ending, Wentz being sidelined for the entirety of training camp and the preseason would be next up in the worst-case scenario department. After all, he’s learning an entirely new playbook and needs to develop chemistry with his teammates.
When it comes to consultation for a foot injury, Dr. Anderson is basically the highest-ranking specialist a player can visit. The fact the Colts made a swift decision to seek out Anderson’s expertise suggests Wentz faces at least a multi-week spell on the sidelines.
That would take us to the end of training camp and potentially the end of the preseason if his rehab takes longer than anticipated. If surgery is deemed necessary, however, the former No. 2 overall pick could end up missing the first few weeks of the regular season.
What makes us say that? Well, in a follow-up to his initial report, Silver received word that Wentz felt a “pop” when he suffered the injury at Thursday’s practice.
If surgery is on the table, that would put Indy in a serious pickle, as they don’t currently have any experienced quarterbacks on the roster behind Wentz. Is Jacob Eason, who hasn’t even taken a preseason snap, ready to lead a playoff-ready roster into a gauntlet of an opening schedule?
With all due respect to Eason, we all know the answer to that one. We’ll cross that bridge if necessary, but for now all Colts fans can do is hope for the best.