Because the Philadelphia Eagles own the Miami Dolphins’ first-round pick as well as a second-round pick from the Indianapolis Colts that could be a first-round pick, we regularly pick what’s going on with both teams. Good idea? Yes? None? Whatever we do.
• Carson Wentz is back from the COVID list: In case you missed it, three Colts – Wentz, starting center Ryan Kelly and starting WR Zach Pascal – made the COVID list earlier this week after being considered “close contacts” with someone who got COVID. Vaccinated players are not required to go on the COVID list or miss any time if they are considered close contacts, so all three players are unvaccinated.
When Wentz returned, he was asked if he would now be vaccinated.
If you did not see that video, he basically said, “No.” So let’s go ahead and update the “Wentz in Indy” timeline:
- He practiced twice.
- He broke his foot.
- He underwent surgery.
- He was expected to return.
- He came instead on the COVID list.
- He came out of the COVID list.
- He is still not being vaccinated.
In stick figure form:
• The Colts’ offensive line is very much beaten up: The Colts could be without LT Eric Fisher and LG Quenton Nelson to start the season. Fisher is still rebuilding an Achilles’ heel from last season, and is now also recovering from a positive COVID test. Nelson, meanwhile, like Wentz, has a foot problem and may not be ready for week 1 either.
The Colts also lost Sam Tevi for the season with a torn ACL and MCL. Tevi is considered by some to be one of the Colts ‘best offensive linebackers, even though he had some tough moments in the Colts’ pre-season games. Still, it’s particularly bad timing to lose him for the season before it even begins, and may have led to the Colts’ trade with Matt Pryor.
• TY Hilton is on IR: Hilton led the Colts to receive in 2020 and he will be out for a while after having surgery for a neck problem.
Colts’ HC Frank Reich on WR TY Hilton’s neck injury: “It was a disk problem, so it’s a complicated problem. More meetings, more evaluation is on the way, more opinions are coming …. He’s going to miss some games we know “Not exactly how many. We are optimistic that it is not the end of the season.”
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2021
Hilton is going to miss at least three weeks on IR, but it sounds like it’s going to be significantly longer than that. The Colts’ remaining receivers are as follows with their 2020 statistics:
|Zach Pascal (unvaccinated)||44||629||14.3||5|
|Dezmon Patmon (also on IR)||0||0||0.0||0|
|Mike Strachan (rookie)||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Is that group better than the recipients Wentz had to work with in Philly? OK, yeah, probably in 2016 and 2020. The point remains though … yuck.
• The Colts’ best defender is also unvaccinated: It would be three times All-Pro LB Darius Leonard.
So to sum up, the Colts’ most important player on offense (Wentz), their best defensive player (Leonard), their starting center (Kelly) and their most productive healthy receiver (Pascal) are all unvaccinated. It’s the player’s management that is on this team.
• In summary: It’s not going so well in Indy.
• Deshaun Watson rumors: Several reports over the past week or so pointed to Miami as the most likely landing site for Watson. If the Dolphins were to land him, a whole lot of Eagles fans would breathe a sigh of relief that they would not have to face the moral dilemma of beating a player who has been accused of sexually assaulting 22 women.
If Watson were to go to the Dolphins, that would not be a good result either, as he would no doubt make Miami a much better football team. However, several reports have also recently suggested that the Texans do not intend to trade Watson for less than what they think he is worth, and may be willing to try to let him rot on their list all season long.
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