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Carson Wentz Sprains Both Ankles, Faces Uncertain Status For Week 3

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz suffered sprains in both his ankles on Sunday, coach Frank Reich said Monday.

Wentz was injured in the fourth quarter of the Colts’ 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. 

Reich said it was too early to tell whether Wentz will be able to play in Sunday’s road game against the Tennessee Titans.

“Sprained ankles, they’re degrees – they’re somewhere from one to 100,” Reich said. “I know this, Carson has a very high threshold of pain. Naturally, I think it goes without saying, when you got a guy who’s a pocket passer, it affects his game a little bit less than a guy who is a mobile quarterback.”

Colts.com’s JJ Stankevitz reports the team will have a medical meeting later on Monday to begin working through a plan for the QB this week, but Reich said it is too early to determine whether Wentz will be available.

Quarterback Carson Wentz #2 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball against linebacker Terrell Lewis #52 of the Los Angeles Rams in the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

The team reports that Wentz sprained his left ankle earlier in the game, before Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald rolled up on his right ankle. Wentz was able to play through the first sprain, but said the second was too severe for him to continue playing.

Reich continued: “My history with Carson is that he’s a pretty fast healer and that he’s tough, and if there’s any chance that he can play with these ankle sprains, he’ll play. Obviously it’s an incredibly big game. We’re not holding back anything. This is a big game. If he can play, he’ll play.”

The team said that if Wentz isn’t able to play, the Colts will turn to Jacob Eason, who threw an interception after tagging in for Wentz late in the fourth quarter. The interception was thrown on his second pass attempt of the game.

Reich expressed confidence that Eason, a second-year quarterback, can get the job done if he does have to start against the Titans.

“He’s had a lot of reps during training camp, and he’s worked hard, just the way he’s interacted in the meetings and the reps that he’s got out in practice,” Reich said. “I can see the growth. I can see the growth in these last two weeks as he was running scout team. I can see the growth from the way he’s run scout team this year compared to the way he ran it last year. He’s making the right steps.”

Written by Meg Turner

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