According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a sprain in not just one of his ankles, but both ankles during Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams:
#Colts QB Carson Wentz is dealing with injuries to not just one ankle, but both ankles sources say. He’s having tests today to determine the severity of his sprains suffered yesterday.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2021
Of course, this fully explains why Wentz was unable to return to the field for the Colts’ final offensive series late in the 4th quarter—with the chance to win or tie, as without the ability to plant and drive to successfully throw on either foot (or move behind the Colts’ beleaguered offensive line for that matter), it could’ve spelled downright disaster.
[However, it’s a moot point because backup quarterback Jacob Eason, in relief of Wentz, threw the game-ending interception just two plays into the drive.]
MRIs are imminent for Wentz in both feet—if they haven’t occurred already.
The two ankle injuries certainly cloud Wentz’s potential availability (or lack thereof) even more for a critical divisional clash against the Tennessee Titans (1-1) on the road this weekend, who remain the frontrunner to win the AFC South’s crown as reigning champions.
Without Wentz, the Colts will have to turn to 2nd-year quarterback Jacob Eason, who’s essentially a rookie in experience, having not garnered any snaps during 2020 in either the regular season or preseason. (Although he did receive 1st-team offensive reps this past training camp and preseason as Wentz recovered from his late offseason foot surgery).
Realistically, the Colts’ chances of winning next Sunday take a pretty big hit if Wentz isn’t starting behind center—especially with how much the offensive line has continued to struggle in pass protection (and Wentz’s added mobility has helped to extend plays under duress, which Eason has much less of).
Right now for the Colts, it’s clearly a waiting game until a more accurate picture of Wentz’s diagnosis and recovery timetable reveals itself.