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Colts' Carson Wentz Will Undergo Foot Surgery, Out 5-12 Weeks with Injury

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIIAugust 2, 2021

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz runs a drill during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind., Thursday, July 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is expected to miss between five and 12 weeks because of surgery on his foot injury, coach Frank Reich told reporters Monday.

It's been a brutal start for Wentz in Indianapolis. In his first training camp with the Colts since the Philadelphia Eagles traded him in March, the 28-year-old was held out of practice last week with a foot ailment. 

Indianapolis planned to use rest and rehab programs to avoid surgery, but Reich said Wentz will undergo a procedure after further evaluation. He added it was an old injury that caused the bone to come loose. 

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo (via NFL.com's Adam Maya) noted the downside to not getting surgery:

"A caveat to powering through the ailment is that medical personnel believe the sixth-year QB would be much less mobile, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported. That was a trademark of Wentz's game in Philadelphia, where he led the team to three consecutive playoff appearances but was unable to close out each season because of injuries."

Jacob Eason, Brett Hundley and Sam Ehlinger are listed as backups, but none offer the production the starter was hoped to provide.

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In 12 games last season, Wentz passed for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for a 49.6 QBR. He was benched after Week 13, which spelled the end of his time in Philadelphia.

Indianapolis was meant to provide a second chance for the 2016 No. 2 overall pick when he reunited with Reich, his former offensive coordinator with the Eagles.

That may still be the case, but Colts fans will have to wait a while before Wentz takes the field.

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