Quarterback Carson Wentz will return to Philadelphia in Week 10, but not as starting quarterback.
During Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears, Wentz was injured and will now be out for the foreseeable future — a future that likely includes a game against the Eagles.
EAGLES VS. COMMANDERS, AND A MISSING QUARTERBACK
Before the Commanders secured their win against the Bears on Thursday (12-7), Carson Wentz injured his finger on his throwing hand. On Monday, the quarterback underwent surgery to fix the fracture. He’s expected to make a full recovery, but it won’t come without its own set of issues.
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Washington has not released a timeline for Wentz, however, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported he will miss about four (to six) weeks. The team is still unsure about whether they will place him on injured reserve, as Wentz will need rehab.
Through six games, Wentz has completed 1, 489 passing yards and ten touchdowns. Though his time with the Commanders has been a rollercoaster, his absence will now give back-up quarterback Taylor Heinicke another chance to take the field.
Heinicke was a starter during the 2021 season, completing 3,419 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. He ranked 23rd among quarterbacks across the league, per ESPN.com — better than Carson Wentz who currently stands at No. 27.
The 29-year-old back-up played against Philadelphia last season, and he will likely get the chance to do it again this year. Heinicke finished with 247 passing yards and zero passing touchdowns in a 20-16 loss to the Eagles. He also had one interception.
It’s possible that by the time Washington makes their way to Philly, the Birds could still be undefeated. The Commanders take on the Eagles on November 14 at 8:15 PM.