With Carson Wentz out for the Indianapolis Colts, former Texas star Sam Ehlinger was in a battle with Jacob Eason for a pretty important QB2 spot. Unfortunately for him, an injury put things out of his hands.
Ehlinger departed Friday night’s preseason game early with a knee injury. He had been playing well, completing all three of his throws for 63 yards, headlined by a 60-yard strike to Dezmon Patmon.
There is some good news, though. While Ehlinger won’t be ready to start Week 1 if the job was to fall to him, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be out for an extreme amount of time. The latest update by ESPN’s Adam Schefter pegs his absence at 5-6 weeks.
Sam Ehlinger suffered a knee sprain and will recover without any medical procedures in about 5-6 weeks, per source. So if Carson Wentz isn’t ready by week 1, it’ll be Jacob Eason instead of Ehlinger.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 28, 2021
That certainly isn’t great, especially if Sam Ehlinger might have won that job from Eason, but it sounds like he’ll be back much sooner than later.
Eason and Ehlinger were the only quarterbacks to appear for the Colts in their first two preseason games, while Brett Hundley made an appearance in the final game on Friday night. Ehlinger was 21-for-31 for 288 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions. He added 11 rushes for 55 yards.
Given his workload, Eason likely had the upper hand after the three appearances, going 41-for-62 for 389 yards, with no scores or interceptions. Neither player tore it up, though Ehlinger was the more efficient player, and added a dynamic on the ground that Eason can’t replicate. At the same time, the former Washington passer made fewer mistakes and received far more reps, which may indicate what Reich’s staff felt about the state of things.
Today’s news, while largely positive given how things looked, means it will likely be Eason against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 12, assuming Wentz doesn’t come all the way back from his injury.