On Sunday they will know if Wentz will be able to play or not, until then, the rookie is the one who is contemplated to start
INDIANAPOLIS – The coach of the Colts, Frank Reich, after approaching the retired quarterback Philip Rivers, will start rookie Sam Ehlinger against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday if veteran Carson Wentz is not allowed to play.
Wentz was placed in the reserve list / COVID-19 Tuesday after testing positive. Originally he would miss 10 days for not being vaccinated and testing positive, but the NFL and the NFLPA They adopted new COVID protocol guidelines on Tuesday that would reduce isolation time to five days.
“Yes [Wentz] clears his fifth day, that would be Sunday and theoretically he would be available for the game, “Reich said.” He will be in virtual meetings, so if they allow it, he will play. At this point, Sam is our incumbent. I’m excited for Sam. “
The new guidelines of the NFL allowed the Colts activate starting cornerback Rock Ya-Sin, left guard Quenton Nelson and right guard Mark Glowinski from the reserve / COVID-19 list on Wednesday.
Yes Wentz You stop having symptoms, the Colts’ medical and training staff will give you a training schedule to do at home because you are not allowed on the team premises during this five-day stretch.
Reich said he reached out to Rivers, 40, who helped lead the Colts to an 11-5 record and the playoffs in 2020. Rivers retired at the end of that season to coach a high school in Alabama.
“You know I’m close to him,” Reich agreed. “We talked all year. We spoke to him relatively recently. He was on vacation with his family. I have told him about our situation here, but I have nothing to report and no additional comments at this time.”
Ehlinger, a sixth-round pick who has yet to attempt a pass in a regular-season game, was the Colts’ third quarterback behind Wentz and Jacob Eason. He missed the start of the regular season after sustaining a knee injury in a preseason game, but returned to the team as a substitute in October when Eason was suspended.
“I think Sam is made for times like this,” Reich pointed out. “He has that special factor. He has very good skills as a quarterback. He’s kept improving. I’m excited for this week’s opportunity to prepare, and we’ll see how the week unfolds.”