Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback Carson Wentz is headed for an MRI on his injured ankle that he suffered late during Sunday’s loss against the Los Angeles Rams:
MRI coming for Carson Wentz. Findings will determine next steps. https://t.co/WAa9Pj4quV— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) September 19, 2021
Having undertaken a beating all game, it looks like Wentz was injured on this particular play, on a 3rd and 5 incomplete pass intended for Michael Pittman Jr. (7:31 4th quarter)—with heavy pressure from Aaron Donald, when his ankle may have rolled a bit trying to escape:
Carson Wentz on this play: "Felt it right away, and it did not feel good. Tried to tape it up and do everything I could to finish the game. It’s a bad feeling to not be able to finish the game in that situation. You kinda feel like you let the team down a little bit." https://t.co/AUEJiwfHQn— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 19, 2021
Wentz was seen noticeably hobbling on the sideline, and with 2:23 left and the Colts down 27-24—and a chance to either win or tie, it was backup quarterback Jacob Eason, in relief, who threw the game-clinching interception just two plays later.
Wentz never returned.
On the afternoon, Wentz completed 20 of 31 passes (65.4%) for 247 passing yards, a touchdown, an interception, and a quarterback rating of 86.3.
Despite constantly being under siege in the passing pocket, Wentz did his best to try to make and extend plays for the Colts.
Simply put, while not perfect, he battled out there in what was a gutsy overall performance:
Give Carson Wentz credit. He has shown a shitload of guts scrambling and playing in the face of this INSANE pressure from the Rams' defensive front. The Colts are in this because of HIM.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) September 19, 2021
The Colts fell to 0-2 (and are now in the AFC South’s cellar along with the Jacksonville Jaguars) and play a pivotal divisional matchup on the road against the Tennessee Titans (1-1) next weekend.
The hope is that Wentz will be fully recovered in time to start behind center.