INDIANAPOLIS – Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will undergo another right ankle assessment after injuring himself in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Wentz was injured when he tried to rush and was taken to the ground by Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald on the third down with less than eight minutes to go. Replays showed Wentz’s right ankle twisting severely as he fell. He said he could feel it writhing under the heap right away. Wentz took a while to get up and then limped to the sideline.
“He rode pretty badly,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. âI had an idea when he left the field. It didn’t look good. Sometimes if you come in right away while it’s still warm you can maybe knock out a few more games. . The more we were off the field, the more stiffened and he tried, but there was no chance. “
Wentz was clearly frustrated as the coaching staff tended to his ankle. He threw away his helmet at one point. Wentz did not return to the game, as sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason played the Colts’ last two playoffs. Eason threw an interception on his second pass attempt after entering the game.
“I felt it right away. I tried to stick it on and do whatever I could to finish the game,” Wentz said. “… I’ve sprained my ankle probably 100 times since I was a kid. On that one, I just couldn’t play on it.”
Injuries have been a big part of Wentz’s career. He only played a full season twice in the first five years of his NFL career. His most serious injury is an ACL tear suffered at the end of the 2017 season, also against the Rams. Wentz missed three weeks of training camp this year after undergoing left foot surgery on August 2. Eason took the majority of the first team shots in Wentz’s absence. He will likely start against Tennessee in Week 3 if Wentz is out for an extended period.
The belief was that Wentz, who the Colts acquired from Philadelphia in the offseason, would have the opportunity to stay healthy while playing behind what had been a good offensive line in previous seasons. Wentz is 45 of 69 for 498 yards with three touchdowns and one interception while showing a knack for being able to extend plays with his feet this season. At the same time, however, he was also hit far too many times. Wentz has been sacked six times and struck 21 more times in the first two games.
“When you have a quarterback who gets injured, everybody says, Here isâsaid Reich.â Half of the league’s quarterbacks play like Carson plays, extending the plays. Trying to do things like that. I’m encouraged by the way he’s playing. “
The Colts, who are 0-2 for the first time under Reich, are set to embark on a three-game road trip. Indianapolis has not started a 0-3 season since 2011.