After missing time with a foot injury that briefly left his Week 1 status in doubt, Wentz was supposed to return to team drills on Monday. However, he wound up spending a couple of days on the Reserve/COVID-19 list due to being a close contact.
Wentz was finally activated today, and according to Colts head coach Frank Reich, the former No. 2 overall pick had a productive day on the practice field.
Reich said Wentz took most of the first team reps in 11-on-11 drills today, which counted as his first work in full pads since joining the Colts. The ex-Eagle is still expected to start Week 1.
Frank Reich says Carson Wentz took most of the starting reps today in 11-on-11. First full-padded 11-on-11 work for Wentz as a Colt.
Barring another setback, Wentz is still on track to start the opener. pic.twitter.com/OKGfTJh2TX
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The Colts paid up to acquire Wentz in a trade with Philadelphia this offseason, projecting him to be the missing piece to vault the team from playoff participant to true contender. In order to do that though, Wentz must stay on the field.
The 28-year-old had a troubling injury history with the Eagles, and even when he did play in 2020, he performed poorly. The Colts are hoping the change of scenery and the ability to work with Reich again will help unlock Wentz’s potential.
We’ll see if they are right, starting with the opening game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 12.