Wentz does not want to lose a single Week with his new team, in what is a new opportunity in the NFL
INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts quarterback, Carson Wentz will start Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks nearly six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left foot., which could have kept him out until well into the regular season, coach Frank Reich said Friday.
There was much uncertainty about what Wentz’s availability would be when he injured his left foot on the second day of training camp on July 29. Wentz underwent surgery Aug. 2, and the Colts gave a five to 12-week forecast for his return. The quarterback returned to practice on August 23, just three weeks after the intervention.
“I know they had a very long schedule and I knew it too,” Wentz said this week. “I knew that, when I entered, I was very conditioned by how the surgery was and many factors, but at the end of the day, I say that God is good to take me to this point.”
However, Wentz’s return has not been easy. He missed five days after being placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list for being a close contact for a team member who tested positive for the coronavirus. Wentz is not vaccinated. Missing those days cut down on his time working on chemistry with his teammates; Wentz participated in a number of individual practices, but only had three full practices since training camp began on July 28.
The Colts acquired Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles during the offseason in hopes of finding a regular quarterback since Andrew Luck retired in 2019. Wentz will be the Colts’ fifth Week 1 starter since 2017.
“You don’t like having to change quarterbacks every year, but there is another aspect of professional growth that is valued because it really challenges you to use the best of each player. But certainly the quarterback is the key figure,” he said. Frank Reich.
Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick in 2016, will try to bounce back from a disappointing final season in Philadelphia in which he was sacked 50 times, threw 16 interceptions and was benched after 12 games.
“I think of it as another opportunity”, Wentz said. “I think God has a lot going on in my life and He put me here for a reason, and I’m going to make the most of it. Whatever that sounds like, whatever that means, I’m going to give it my all and hopefully it will make this city proud. “
The Colts will have Wentz against the Seahawks, but they won’t have one of their starting cornerbacks. Veteran Xavier Rhodes will miss the game due to a calf injury that kept him out of practice this week. Rock Ya-Sin is the favorite to start with Kenny Moore. The pair will try to slow down Seattle’s top receivers, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, who had more than 1,000 receiving yards last season.