Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason (9) throws for an interception Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Seahawks claim former UW QB Jacob Eason off waivers

The Seattle Seahawks claimed quarterback Jacob Eason off waivers Wednesday, one day after he was let go by the Indianapolis Colts.

Eason is a native of Washington state and played collegiately in Seattle at the University of Washington.

The Seahawks added to their quarterback depth as Russell Wilson remains sidelined with a broken finger on his throwing hand. Wilson was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Seattle started Geno Smith last week and also has Jake Luton on the practice squad.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the team had “talked to” free agent quarterback Cam Newton, but that hasn’t materialized into an agreement. Newton, a former league MVP, recently announced he received his COVID-19 vaccination; his vaccination status was perceived as one reason why the New England Patriots released him before the season.

Eason, 23, appeared in one game this season for Indianapolis, completing 2 of 5 passes for 25 yards and an interception in the Colts’ Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Eason played the last two series of the game after starter Carson Wentz left with an ankle injury.

The Colts waived Eason in favor of sticking with two other back-ups, Brett Hundley and Sam Ehlinger, the latter of whom was activated from IR Tuesday.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacob Eason (9) throws for an interception Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Colts waive backup QB Jacob Eason

The Indianapolis Colts waived third-string quarterback Jacob Eason on Tuesday.

The Colts selected Eason in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft and signed him to a four-year, $4.03 million contract.

Also Tuesday, the Colts elevated kicker Michael Badgley from the practice squad and placed wide receiver Parris Campbell on injured reserve.

Eason, 23, appeared in one game this season, completing 2 of 5 passes for 25 yards and an interception in the Colts’ Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Eason played the last two series of the game after starter Carson Wentz left with an ankle injury.

However, Brett Hundley passed Eason on the depth chart at the end of September, relegating Eason to third string.

Rookie Sam Ehlinger takes over as Indy’s third-string quarterback after he was activated from IR on Tuesday.

Campbell injured his foot 10 offensive plays into the Colts’ victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday after catching a 51-yard scoring strike. He has 10 catches for 162 yards in five games (three starts) on the season. The Colts selected him in the second round of the 2019 draft but will likely move on from the Ohio State product after this season.

Badgley kicked for the Colts on Sunday against Houston, converting all four extra point attempts and connecting on his only field goal attempt. Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) was put on IR ahead of the Houston game.

The team also waived defensive tackle Chris Williams.

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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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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) at the start of practice at Grand Park in Westfield on Thursday, July 29, 2021, on the second full day of workouts of this summer's Colts training camp.

Colts Camp Revs Up

Colts QB Carson Wentz needs surgery, out 5-12 weeks

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz will undergo surgery on his left foot Monday and be sidelined for five-to-12 weeks, coach Frank Reich said.

“Obviously we’re optimistic and hopeful that we can be on the front end of that,” Reich said of the timeline.

Reich told reporters Wentz had a previous foot injury dating back to as far as high school. A broken bone loosened and caused pain for Wentz, Reich said. That bone will be removed entirely during surgery.

Wentz, 28, was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles in an offseason trade after the retirement of Philip Rivers. Wentz left Thursday’s practice before it was completed.

Wentz has a history of injuries dating to his time at North Dakota State. With the Eagles, he suffered a rib fracture, torn ACL, back injury and concussion.

Jacob Eason ran the first-team offense to end Thursday’s practice and again Friday and Saturday. He was a fourth-round pick in 2020 out of Washington but has no NFL game experience.

“The job is Jacob’s right now … and he’s gotta earn it. But he’s in the driver’s seat,” Reich said.

If the Colts opt to pursue a veteran, Bears backup Nick Foles is expected to be available. He’s the No. 3 quarterback behind Andy Dalton and Justin Fields in Chicago.

The Colts signed quarterback Brett Hundley on Saturday. The 28-year-old will compete with 2021 sixth-round pick Sam Ehlinger (Texas) and undrafted free agent Jalen Morton for a roster spot.

Wentz was selected by the Eagles with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was 35-32-1 as a starter, but after a subpar 2020 season, the Eagles decided to turn to 2020 second-round draft pick Jalen Hurts this season.

In Philadelphia, Wentz completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 16,811 yards with 113 touchdowns and 50 interceptions.

–Field Level Media