INDIANAPOLIS – Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is under investigation on his right ankle after injuring himself in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Los Angeles Rams loss.
Wentz sustained the injury while attempting to crawl and was knocked down under eight minutes by Aaron Donald, the Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman, third behind. Repetitions showed that Wentz’s right ankle twisted badly as he hit the ground. He said he could immediately feel it twist under the pile. Wentz got up slowly and then hobbled to the sidelines.
“He did it pretty badly,” said Colts coach Frank Reich. “I had a feeling when he left the field. It didn’t look good. Sometimes, if you go straight back in when it’s still warm, you can maybe hollow out a few more games. The longer we were away from the field, it stiffened and he tried, but there was no chance. “
Wentz was visibly frustrated while the training staff tended to his ankle. At some point he threw off his helmet. Wentz did not return to the game as sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason played the Colts’ last two series. Eason threw an interception on his second pass attempt after entering the game.
“I felt it right away. I tried to record it and do everything possible to finish the game,” said Wentz. “… I’ve sprained my ankle probably 100 times since I was a kid. This time I just couldn’t play with it.”
Injuries are an integral part of Wentz’s career. In the first five years of his NFL career, he only played a full season twice. His worst injury was a cruciate ligament tear at the end of the 2017 season, also against the Rams. Wentz missed three weeks at training camp this year after undergoing surgery on his left foot on Aug. 2. Eason took most of the first-team snapshots in Wentz’s absence. He’ll likely face Tennessee in Week 3 if Wentz is out for an extended period of time.
It was believed that Wentz, whom the Colts acquired from Philadelphia in the off-season, would have an opportunity to stay healthy while playing behind a good offensive line for the past few seasons. Wentz is 45 of 69 for 498 yards with three touchdowns and one interception while showing a knack for extending games with his feet this season. At the same time, however, he was also met far too often. Wentz was sacked six times and hit an additional 21 times in the first two games.
“When you have a running quarterback who’s injured, everyone says go ahead,” said Reich. “Half of the quarterbacks in the league play like Carson and they extend games. Try to do things like that. I’m encouraged by the way he plays.”
The Colts, who are under Reich 2-2 for the first time, are about to embark on a three-game road trip. Indianapolis hasn’t started a 0-3 season since 2011.