The story of Carson Wentz in Indianapolis gets more complicated as the season gets closer.
The Colts just put Wentz on the reserve/COVID-19 list and it could have a significant impact on the former MVP candidate’s willingness to take the reins as the team’s Week 1 starter.
Wentz was not the only player to be put on the COVID-19 list. Center Ryan Kelly and wide receiver Zach Pascal were also listed on Monday.
Earlier this season, Wentz declined to say whether he had received his vaccinations or not. Pascal and Kelly are also not known about their vaccination status.
Basically, if Wentz, Pascal, or Kelly are vaccinated and contract the virus, they can come back in a few days if they don’t show any symptoms and have two negative tests 24 hours apart. If they haven’t been vaccinated and come into close contact with someone who tested positive, the trio will need five consecutive days of negative tests before they can return.
If one of the athletes is both unvaccinated and tested positive, he will have to sit for a significant period of time. They must be isolated for a minimum of 10 days.
This means Wentz could be available to the Colts with just days to go before their season opener against the Seahawks.
The Wentz COVID situation is another complication that the Indianapolis organization will have to endure with the quarterback as he tries to prove that he can still play in this league and be a key figure for a championship team. Wentz underwent foot surgery earlier this month, but showed good signs in practice.
There was optimism that Wentz could be the starter to come in week 1. This will just be another setback that the franchise will have to fight through as the second chapter in Wentz’s career comes around the corner.