Frank Reich on Carson Wentz’s Injury Rehab: Colts ‘Feel Good About Where We’re At’

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 16, 2021

WESTFIELD, INDIANA - AUGUST 12: Head coach Frank Reich and Carson Wentz #2 of the Indianapolis Colts talk on the field during the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts joint practice at Grand Park on August 12, 2021 in Westfield, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich didn't offer a timetable for Carson Wentz's return on Monday, but he told reporters the team is pleased with the veteran quarterback's recovery.

"We're at the two-week window," he said. "We feel good about where we're at. ... I don't see the advantage of trying to project that out. I'll just say we feel good about where we're at."

"I continue to be optimistic about his return," he added. "But it still doesn't make any sense for me to try to predict when that'll be."

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More on Wentz's recovery from Reich: "He'll start doing some walkthroughs here pretty soon. ... You guys know how we feel about that. That's real. ... He'll start throwing some and then we'll advance that as we can."

Wentz, 28, was traded to the Colts this offseason from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional second-round selection. That reunited him with Reich, his former offensive coordinator who he was paired with four years ago. In that career year with Philly, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2016 threw for 3,296 yards, a league-leading 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 13 games. 

But Wentz tore his ACL that December and had to watch as Nick Foles led the Eagles to a Super Bowl title, and the North Dakota State product has trended in the wrong direction since then. His injuries haven't helped, nor did injuries on his offensive line and a lack of playmakers at wide receiver during his tenure with the Eagles. 

Reich left to become the Colts head coach ahead of the 2018 season. As Wentz regressed each year, his future in Philadelphia became murkier, and he was eventually benched last season in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts. 

Wentz had earned the benching, throwing for 15 interceptions in 12 games while taking 50 sacks. Both marks were the worst in the NFL. A change was best for both player and team.

But the Eagles will be monitoring Wentz's injury situation very closely themselves—that 2022 second-rounder becomes a first-round pick if Wentz either plays 75 percent of Indy's snaps this season or 70 percent of its snaps and the Colts reach the postseason. Both the Colts and Eagles are invested in Wentz's health. 

While Wentz is sidelined, Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger will battle for the starting job, though the Colts could also add a veteran option if Wentz's injury lingers into the regular season.