The Indianapolis Colts are slowly bringing Carson Wentz back up to speed after he underwent foot surgery at the beginning of the month. The team is exercising caution, but the 28-year-old is apparently very eager to get back onto the field with his teammates.
Colts head coach Frank Reich went as far as to describe Wentz as “very antsy” on Wednesday. He wants to be back with the first team as soon as possible, but training staff wants him to recover now so that he can be healthy for the remainder of the year.
“He’s getting very antsy. Very antsy,” Reich said, via the team’s website. “He’s wanting to push the envelope, as I would expect. But he’s gotta be patient and just stay focused on the mental side of it right now and we gotta let things take their course. But at the same time, there’s a time to push things and we’ll keep doing that as it’s appropriate.”
Reich shared that Wentz has been working on staying mentally sharp during his recovery period and has been giving the Colts young quarterbacks, Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger, advice during practice over the last few weeks. However, he’d clearly much rather be the one in the center of the action.
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The Colts have maintained an attitude of patience throughout Wentz’s offseason, despite the quarterback’s eagerness to come back quickly. With the 28-year-old’s extensive injury history and the tricky nature of his current foot ailment, the team does’t want to risk something happening right after he finishes his recovery.
Team owner Jim Irsay said that he wants Wentz to be 100 percent for years to come, not just in the immediate future.
“I told him, ‘I want you at 100 percent,’” Irsay told reporters last week. “We want to see him healthy in two months, in two years, four years.”
Wentz still has the potential to start Week 1 under center for the Colts, but only if he’s back to full strength. If not, Reich and the coaching staff will lean on Eason or Ehlinger to handle the duties under center.