When both quarterback Carson Wentz and guard Quenton Nelson went down with foot injuries that required surgery, the initial timeframe stretched anywhere from 5 to 12 weeks, which naturally would bleed into the regular season if things were pushed to the later end. Fortunately for the Colts, things appear to be running in a more positive direction. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, both Wentz and Nelson are trending towards being recovered in time for Indianapolis' Week 1 opener against the Seattle Seahawks.
While this is certainly great news for the Colts, they are also hoping to have a better indication of how their rehabs are going once they are two weeks post-surgery, per Mortensen.
"I don't mind telling you, they're doing exceedingly well. But it is still early," said head coach Frank Reich on Wednesday. "All indications at this point, for what you would hope for from them, we're getting that plus. So, you can't really tell until you get out there and test it. We know we're a week or so away from that happening at a more significant level but all signs are pretty positive right now. Now, where that comes out, Week 1, 2, we don't know but we'll find out soon enough."
Wentz, who had surgery on Aug. 2, was spotted at the Colts' training camp practice on Tuesday without a walking boot and no noticeable limp. At the time, Reich said his development was "very encouraging" and even said he joked with Wentz during the session to go in for a few reps during 7-on-7, which is another indication that he's looking spry following his procedure. In his absence, both Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger were seeing first-team reps.
Wentz's being able to begin the season healthy is not only of significance to the Colts but also his former team in the Eagles. Indy gave Philly a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-round selection if Wentz plays either 75% of the offensive snaps or 70% of snaps coupled with a playoff berth.
As for Nelson, who underwent his procedure on Aug. 3, he's become the backbone of the Colts offense, being named an All-Pro in each of his first three seasons in the league. He's also never missed a game in his NFL career.
Needless to say, having both of these players on a track towards playing in Week 1 is the best-case scenario unfolding for Indianapolis right now.