All eyes descended upon Colts training camp to see quarterback Carson Wentz’s return to practice Monday, roughly three weeks after having surgery to remove a bone in his foot.
Wentz underwent the procedure Aug. 2 that was expected to sideline him for up to 12 weeks, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. But he seems to be well ahead of schedule and offered a substantially better prognosis when addressing the media after Monday’s practice.
Wentz, who missed four games during the 2020 season and has played all 16 games just twice since being drafted second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, said that the decision whether or not he plays Week 1 “is gonna be up to the doctors, for sure.” He then went on to say that part of that evaluation will including ensuring that his injury doesn’t get any worse.
“I’m optimistic, but we’ll see how it responds,” Wentz said, via ESPN.com. “As long as there’s nothing I can do to make it worse, I’ve played through a lot worse.”
With those comments, the former North Dakota State standout left room for hope that he’ll be ready and cleared to play when the Colts open their season Sept. 12 against Seattle.
While Wentz hedged and said he’s leaving decisions up to the doctors, the Colts wasted no time in hyping up the star quarterback’s returning and seemed to indicate a return to form is possible and even likely and that he was on his way to suiting up for Week 1.
The 28-year old arrived in Indianapolis via trade with Philadelphia in the offseason as part of a deal which sent a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick to the Eagles, with the Eagles receiving a first round pick if Wentz plays 70% of the snaps for the Colts and leads the team to the playoffs.
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