Nov 4, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) looks on at the line of scrimmage in the second quarter against the New York Jets  at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Colts QB Carson Wentz won’t miss game for daughter’s birth

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz said he’s playing Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, even if that means missing the birth of his second child.

His wife, Madison, is due to give birth any day. He announced on Instagram in July that they are expecting another girl.

“I could get a call at any time,” Wentz said, per The Athletic. And if that call comes in pregame warmups, his plans won’t change apparently.

“I’m playing,” Wentz said.

Wentz said he and Madison talked it over and she is in agreement with the decision. The game is in Indianapolis.

The couple married in 2018 and had their first child, daughter Hadley Jayne, in April 2020.

Wentz, 28, is in his first season with the Colts and is coming off his best game. Indianapolis beat the New York Jets 45-30 in Week 9, and he completed 22 of 30 passes (73.3 percent) for 272 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Sunday’s game is key for the Colts (4-5) as they attempt to stay in the AFC playoff race. The Jaguars (2-6) are coming off an upset victory against the Buffalo Bills.

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Mike White, Jets look for encore vs. Colts

Mike White woke up as a relative unknown on Sunday but he’ll be soaking up the national spotlight four nights later when the New York Jets visit the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

The 26-year-old White became an instant cult hero when he started in place of an injured Zach Wilson. He completed 37 of 45 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns during a 34-31 home win over the Cincinnati Bengals in his first career NFL start.

White tossed the decisive 13-yard scoring pass to tight end Tyler Kroft and he joined Cam Newton (422 yards in 2011 for the Carolina Panthers) as the only quarterbacks to top 400 yards in their first career starts.

He even received one of the ultimate New York compliments — a stadium full of fans chanting his name.

“At first, I kind of had to listen again,” White said with a smile. “Like, are they chanting my name?”

With Wilson (knee) still ailing, the Jets (2-5) are again calling on White to start against the Colts (3-5).

It’s even being floated that the fifth-round pick in 2018 by the Dallas Cowboys could remain the starter even after the return to health of Wilson, the 2021 No. 2 overall pick.

“That’s for you guys to talk about,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said. “I know exactly how we’ll operate. I know exactly what we’re looking for. If it’s something you want to play with and have fun with, I mean, it doesn’t surprise me.”

White split his college career at South Florida and Western Kentucky. He passed for more than 4,000 yards in each of his two campaigns with the Hilltoppers and the Cowboys took a flier on him.

Dallas released White among the final cuts prior to the 2019 season. The Jets later added him to the practice squad but he didn’t see the field until Wilson departed with a sprained right knee during a 54-13 loss to the New England Patriots on Oct. 24.

White did low-key preparation for the start against the Bengals and even caught a two-point conversion pass on a trick play.

“The only difference is that I got more reps at practice,” White said. “It felt normal, nothing out of the ordinary. I didn’t stay up watching film and put too much into my brain and get stressed out.”

The Colts are in must-win mode as they enter a two-game stretch of games against the lowly Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Indianapolis lost 34-31 in overtime to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Quarterback Carson Wentz threw one interception with less than two minutes left in regulation and another in overtime.

“I feel like I beat us with those turnovers,” Wentz said. “As a competitor and my hardest critic, you feel that weight and you let your guys down even though I have the utmost confidence in our defense and they did a great job stopping them, but they were already in field goal range.”

Wentz had been intercepted just once all season before the double dose of miscues. He has passed for 1,926 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The second-year duo of running back Jonathan Taylor and receiver Michael Pittman Jr. have been thriving for the Colts.

Taylor ranks second in the NFL with 649 rushing yards. Pittman leads Indianapolis with 45 receptions and 594 yards and is tied for the team lead with four scoring catches.

The vastly improved Pittman has already surpassed last season’s figures of 40 catches for 503 yards and one touchdown.

“I think it’s just familiarity with the offense, but I don’t think that I am a different player from last year,” Pittman said. “I think that there is more opportunity, but I mean, there’s not a big difference. I didn’t all of a sudden take a magic pill.”

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton (concussion) will miss the game after being hurt against Tennessee. Star guard Quenton Nelson (toe) didn’t participate in Tuesday’s walkthrough but is expected to play Thursday.

New York offensive tackle George Fant (ankle) and receiver Corey Davis (hip) were among the players who didn’t practice. Fant was injured against the Bengals while Davis could miss his second straight game.

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Carson Wentz hands off to running back Jonathan Taylor during second half action on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.Indianapolis Colts And Tennessee Titans At Nissan Stadium In Nashville Tenn Sunday Sept 16 2021 In Nfl Week 3

Seven starters miss practice for Colts, with Carson Wentz limited

Seven of the Indianapolis Colts’ 22 starters did not practice Thursday, three days out from their road contest at the Miami Dolphins.

Quarterback Carson Wentz, however, was able to practice on a limited basis for the second straight day as he deals with two sprained ankles.

Tight end Jack Doyle (back), All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson (ankle/knee) and right tackle Braden Smith (foot/thumb) missed practice for the second straight day on offense. Three more on defense have now missed two in a row: rookie defensive end Kwity Paye (hamstring), safety Khari Willis (ankle/groin) and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (ankle).

Right guard Mark Glowinski (knee) went from limited participation in Wednesday’s practice to being held out of Thursday’s, meaning there’s danger that Indianapolis could be down three of its starting offensive linemen come Sunday.

It wasn’t all dire news for the Colts. Left tackle Eric Fisher was back to full participation after a rest day Wednesday, and Pro Bowl linebacker Darius Leonard (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis. Running back Jonathan Taylor (knee) remained limited for the second straight day.

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Detroit Lions linebacker Rashod Berry (45) tries to stop Indianapolis Colts quarterback Brett Hundley (3) during the second half of a preseason game at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

Colts elevate QB Brett Hundley to active roster

The Indianapolis Colts addressed their quarterback situation Saturday by elevating Brett Hundley from the practice squad to the active roster.

The move can be construed as insurance with fellow quarterback Carson Wentz nursing sprains in both ankles. Wentz, however, reportedly is expected to start Sunday as the Colts (0-2) visit the Tennessee Titans (1-1) in Nashville, Tenn.

Hundley reportedly took first-team reps at quarterback this week in place of second-year quarterback Jacob Eason. Wentz missed the first two practices before being a limited participant on Friday.

Wentz, 28, was injured during the Colts’ 27-24 setback to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. The second injury to his ankles forced Wentz to be a spectator during Indianapolis’ final two series of the game.

Hundley, 28, last played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals in 2019. He has completed 199 of 337 passes for 1,902 yards with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 18 career games with the Green Bay Packers and Cardinals.

Hundley went 3-6 as a starter for the Packers in 2017 while Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with a broken collarbone.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) runs the ball up the field during the second half of an Indianapolis Colts game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Rams won 27-24.

Colts QB Carson Wentz (ankles) returns to practice

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz answered two missed practices this week by participating in Friday’s session.

Wentz’s availability for the Week 3 trip to face the Tennessee Titans (1-1) is unclear, although head coach Frank Reich said the Colts typically use Friday practice as the measuring stick for gameday readiness.

The 28-year-old is nursing injuries to both his ankles sustained in the Colts’ 27-24 setback to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. The second injury forced Wentz to be a spectator during Indianapolis’ final two series of the game.

Journeyman Brett Hundley and second-year quarterback Jacob Eason are available should Wentz be unable to play on Sunday for the Colts (0-2).

Wentz has completed 45 of 69 passes for 498 yards with three touchdowns and one interception this season.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) keeps hold of the ball during the second half of an Indianapolis Colts game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Rams won 27-24.

Report: Colts QB Carson Wentz dealing with two ankle sprains

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will undergo tests Monday to determine the severity of injuries he suffered to both ankles during Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams, NFL Network reported Monday.

Wentz left the game in the fourth quarter and was unable to return after being injured on a tackle by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Backup Jacob Eason took over for Wentz. He was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey on his second pass attempt with 2:13 remaining.

“He rolled it up pretty bad. I kind of had a sense when we walked off the field because I saw that it didn’t look good,” Colts coach Frank Reich said after the game. “The longer we were off the field there it just stiffened up. He tried, but there was no chance.”

It’s unclear if Wentz also hurt his left ankle on that play or earlier.

Wentz finished 20-for-31 passing for 247 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Eason completed 2 of 5 pass attempts for 25 yards and the costly pick.

On the season, Wentz has completed 65.2 percent of his passes for 498 yards and three TDs against one interception.

Eason would get the start in Week 3 at Tennessee (1-1) if Wentz is unable to go. The Colts are off to an 0-2 start.

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Quarterback Carson Wentz (#2), right, runs drills as he returns to Colts camp practice Monday, Aug. 23, 2021 at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield.

Colts Camp Practice Continues At Grand Park Sports Campus In Westfield Monday Aug 23 2021

Carson Wentz cleared to start Week 1 for Colts

Quarterback Carson Wentz will make his debut for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday when they host Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

Colts coach Frank Reich confirmed to reporters Friday that Wentz, who injured his foot and needed surgery during training camp, is ready to play.

Wentz was a full participant in practice all week for Indianapolis.

“Just being out there, full pads (this week), taking a handful of reps was definitely a step in the right direction,” Wentz told reporters this week.

Wentz also missed time this summer while on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Colts acquired Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles in March in exchange for a 2021 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick. Indianapolis needed a quarterback after last year’s starter, Philip Rivers, retired from the NFL.

In five NFL seasons, Wentz has completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 16,811 yards with 113 touchdowns and 50 interceptions. He has played in 68 games but missed crucial parts of 2017 and 2018 with injuries. Backup Nick Foles guided the Eagles to their lone Super Bowl win in February 2018 after Wentz tore his left ACL the previous December.

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