This certainly isn’t the biggest NFL news of the week, but I saw this news and I just had to talk about it. On Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts officially went from 0-1 to 0-2 in a heartbreaking 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. However, more notably, Carson Wentz somehow managed to sprain not one, but two ankles with only eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.
According to multiple sources, Wentz suffered a left ankle sprain early in the game, but managed to keep playing until he sprained his other ankle when he was taken down hard by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald at the end of the fourth quarter. He did not return to the game.
Even though Wentz got an MRI after the game to determine the severity of the sprains, head coach Frank Reich said in a postgame conference that his quarterback’s status for their Week 3 game against the Tennessee Titans is still up in the air.
“We’ll have to see,” Reich said, “Here, in a few minutes after this call, [I] have a medical meeting with Chris and the doctors, and we’ll talk through it together as a staff…We’ll get more details from the docs, and we’ll map out a plan for this week.”
Wentz himself spoke a little bit about the injury in another postgame conference. “Felt it right away,” he said, “Did not feel good. Tried to tape it up, do everything I could to get out there and finish the game.” Apparently, he has struggled with ankle injuries in the past, which is not unusual for professional athletes. “I’ve sprained my ankle 100 times probably since I was a kid,” he said, “This one I just couldn’t play through at the end of the game.”
To be completely, brutally honest, I laughed for a solid ten minutes when I heard that Wentz had somehow managed to sprain both his ankles in one game. Like hard, tear-inducing, wheezing laughter. It’s just so…Carson Wentz of him. This is a player who has struggled with injuries his entire career, and most recently, he was unable to play the entire preseason due to recovering from foot surgery.
The regular season has only been going on for two weeks, and it’s happening already. Carson Wentz is, for lack of a better way to say it, Carson Wentz-ing. He’s already gotten injured decently badly, and ahead of an important Week 3 matchup. This is something that Wentz’s previous team, the Philadelphia Eagles, are far too familiar with, and now the Indianapolis Colts have been forced to face what a team with Carson Wentz as quarterback realistically looks like.
The big question is, will Wentz recover quickly or will his injuries prove to be worse than initially thought? Will he be able to come through for his team this week, or will he pull a Wentz and be forced to sit out? Expect an update from the Colts later this week on Wentz’ injury status, and expect me to be laughing about this unfortunate but not surprising mishap for the rest of the week.
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