The Indianapolis Colts were dealt a handful of disappointing injury news on Sunday, which included reports that veteran wide receiver T.Y. Hilton will miss multiple weeks to start the 2021 season. However, the team also received some positive news about the recovery of Carson Wentz.
According to Mike Chappell, Wentz is expected to go back into team drills on Monday. The Colts quarterback has been around practice for the last few weeks, but will now finally get a chance to work alongside his teammates with less than two weeks to go before Indy’s opener.
Wentz has been sidelined for a few weeks with a foot injury that was expected to sideline him for 5-12 weeks. The Colts have been largely optimistic about his recovery so far, but have maintained that they don’t want the 28-year-old, who has an extensive injury history, to rush back too quickly.
If Wentz really can come back to team drills on Monday, Indianapolis should feel good about having its starting quarterback early on in the season.
Carson Wentz will go in team drills Monday. Big week for Wentz and Quenton Nelson. Q’s first day back expected Monday
— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) August 29, 2021
As Chappell reports, Wentz won’t be the only key Colts player to take a major step forward in his recovery this week. Offensive lineman Quenton Nelson, who suffered a similar foot injury as his quarterback, is expected to be back at practice in some capacity on Monday.
Wentz will surely want his All-Pro offensive lineman in front of him as he begins his first year in Indianapolis. The Colts took a risk in trading for the 2017 Pro Bowler, so the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback will want to show his new team that the offseason trade was worth it.
The Colts open up their season at home against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 12. Time will tell if Wentz is ready to take the field for that match-up.