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Indianapolis Colts QB Sam Ehlinger To Be Sidelined 4-to-6 Weeks With Sprained Knee

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After the surprise retirement by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz last season, the team has been looking ahead to the QB spot and what they can do to fill the void.

Ehlinger sprained his knee in a matchup against the Detroit Lions Friday night in the club’s preseason finale, and won’t be back for a couple of weeks (4-6) to take the role as the teams’ starting QB spot.

The former University of Texas QB came in to take over for Eason, and played just a few plays in these

Ehlinger left the preseason finale just a few plays after coming in to relieve fellow backup QB Jacob Eason.

Colts head coach Frank Reich said the injury didn’t exactly look good, the team was waiting on more information before determining a timeline to allow

Reports say that Ehlinger will miss anywhere from four to six weeks weeks while he works his way back from the injury.

five to six weeks after he suffered a sprained knee in their final preseason game on Friday night, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ehlinger was battling for the No. 2 spot on the Colts’ roster, as starting quarterback Carson Wentz is recovering from a foot injury and may not be ready for Week 1. If that’s the case, backup Jacob Eason will now start instead of Ehlinger.

Jacob Eason instead of Ehlinger to begin the 2021 season if the team isn’t ready to go and put Ehlinger out there under cetner.

Colts coach Frank Reich opted to send Brett Hundley in to finish out the game, preserving Eason in case he’s needed in the regular season.

Reich didn’t have much of an update on Ehlinger after the contest, but he wasn’t optimistic.

“It didn’t look good,” Reich said, via ESPN. “We need to wait for the doctor’s final say.”

While a knee sprain isn’t great, it sounds like Ehlinger avoided serious injury and won’t need any medical procedures before returning. At best, Ehlinger is looking at a return in early October.

The Colts took Ehlinger in the sixth round of the draft earlier this year. He threw for more than 2,500 yards and had 26 touchdowns for Texas last season.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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