WESTFIELD, Ind. –Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will undergo surgery Monday afternoon to excise a piece of his bone from his left metatarsal, a procedure that will keep the Indianapolis starter from going out for five to 12 weeks.
Doctors have determined that Wentz unknowingly suffered a broken foot at some point in his career, likely in high school, and when the quarterback stuck to his foot in practice last Thursday, a piece of the bone came off.
Wentz and the Colts had two options after getting advice from their team medics and Dr. Robert Anderson, the NFL’s top foot specialist.
“The next two days have been a well-ended discussion, we can live it in there, try to manage it and see how it holds up over the year and take our chances, but we wanted the most predictable outcome,” Colts said head coach Frank Reich. “Let’s get the piece out of there, start the rehabilitation process, and plan for the long term. “
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The Colts decided to treat the injury immediately. Dr David Porter of Methodist Sports Medicine will perform the operation at 4 p.m. Monday.
In making the decision to undergo surgery, the Colts know it’s possible for Wentz to miss games during the regular season – potentially up to seven games in the worst-case scenario.
Indianapolis decided it was better to deal with Wentz’s absence now, rather than losing Wentz in the middle of the season in the middle of a playoff race.
“If we cut back it will be fine in a few weeks, but if it goes back to the middle of the season and you’re out for five to twelve weeks, it won’t work,” Reich said. “Let’s bring this to the fore and hope for the best. … We have a good team. If he has to miss a game or two, everything will be fine.
Indianapolis currently only has one quarterback on the roster, recently signed Brett Hundley, who took pictures in an NFL game.
For now, second-year quarterback Jacob Eason is the Colts starter. Eason, a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft, was essentially forced to take a red shirt year in 2021 due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the schedule.
“I had a good conversation with Jacob yesterday,” Reich said. “He has to prepare.
“We asked the two best doctors in the world what the time frame was, and the answer is five to 12 weeks,” Reich said. “It’s a big range, and there’s no way of knowing where you’re going to fall on that continuum until you enter the rehabilitation process. Obviously, we’re optimistic and hope we can be at. the forefront of that, but the reality is you can be anywhere on that spectrum. “
The Colts know of examples of athletes who quickly recovered from injury, including a local basketball player Reich declined to name. There are also examples of athletes who took a long time to recover.
Reich hopes Wentz will be back at the start of the ladder.
“Knowing Carson, I am optimistic,” said Reich. “Knowing that this is the type of injury that you don’t need to be painless with to play. I know Carson’s resistance level. I know he can play with pain. With that injury, listen to the doctors, you have to get back to an acceptable pain level, and then you can start playing. ”