Carson Wentz can’t catch a break, man.
After having a disastrous 2020 season that wrecked his confidence, Wentz was traded to the Colts. The trade reunited Wentz with his former offensive coordinator, Frank Reich. It was just the move Wentz (and the Colts) needed for this coming season.
That is, until a foot injury early sidelined Wentz on in camp. He was reported to be “out indefinitely” by Adam Schefter initially. After further review, Wentz will undergo surgery and miss “5-12 weeks.”
DraftKings, Others React To Carson Wentz Injury
Those futures stayed off the board for some time until the report of Wentz getting surgery came out. According to DraftKings, Colts Super Bowl odds dropped from +2800 to ; their odds to win the AFC dropped from +1400 to ; and their odds to win the AFC South dropped from +115 to .
The Colts– originally 2.5-point favorites in Week 1 against the Seahawks– moved to three-point underdogs for the home opener. All game lines beyond Week 1 involving Indianapolis are off the board.
The Tennessee Titans are now favored to win the AFC South at .
Carson Wentz Injury History
Injuries aren’t infrequent in Carson Wentz’ career. His 2017-18 campaign – which ended in an Eagles Super Bowl victory – ended early due to an ACL and LCL injury.
Not all of his injuries have been major, though. Before Wentz was drafted, he suffered a wrist fracture in his throwing hand at North Dakota State, which ended his senior season. In his rookie season, Wentz fractured his ribs though he didn’t miss any games.
Following his ACL tear in 2017, Wentz missed the last three games of the 2018 season due to a fractured vertebrae. Most recently, Wentz was knocked out of a playoff game against the Seahawks in the 2019 season with a concussion.
He hasn’t caught many breaks thus far, though his high-risk style invites more contact than many QBs absorb.
What to expect moving forward
There aren’t many great options for the Colts on their current roster. Behind Wentz is Jacon Eason, a second year quarterback out of Washington who has yet to take an NFL snap. Indianapolis also drafted Sam Ehlinger this year, a former Longhorn superstar.
In response to Wentz’s timetable for return, the Colts brought on Brett Hundley, formerly of the Packers and Cardinals. Hundley last played in 2019 and before that 2017. He filled in for an injured Aaron Rodgers, playing 11 games for the Packers in 2017 (Green Bay went 3-8 in those starts).
The Carson Wentz injury hurts more than just his props and fantasy value; an additional injury to All Pro guard Quenton Nelson piles onto the Colts’ bad start. Players like Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman will see a serious hit to their futures and fantasy value this coming season.
Bottom line, bet on the Colts and their players with caution.