Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz (2) took the field to observe practice Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, during training camp at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.

Indianapolis Colts Training Camp At Grand Park In Westfield Indiana Tuesday Aug 17 2021

Colts welcome back QB Carson Wentz, O-line mates

Carson Wentz and two of his starting offensive linemen returned from injuries and participated with the Indianapolis Colts during Monday’s workout.

Wentz and All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson are still in the rehab stage of recovery from the same surgical procedure but there was no indication their foot injuries would be any concern during the open practice Monday.

Wentz ran in a straight line, dropped back from center and worked on plant-and-drive zig-zag cuts moving forward and backward. Nelson shuffled laterally and looked quick and comfortable in pass and run block sets.

Also back is center Ryan Kelly, who injured his elbow nearly three weeks ago during a wave of injuries at the outset of training camp.

To date, Wentz was considered iffy for the Sept. 12 regular-season opener because of a timeline for his return set at 5 to 12 weeks.

He has been on the field during most workouts as a non-participant, observing drills and play calls to continue assimilating to the offense.

Head coach Frank Reich said Sunday the Colts plan to remain cautious with all three starters and leave any decisions on their involvement in full squad workouts to the medical staff.

Reich and Wentz worked together with the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded the former No. 2 pick to the Colts in the offseason.

–Field Level Media

Jan 5, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly (78) against the Houston Texans during the AFC Wild Card at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Colts make Kelly NFL’s highest-paid center

Ryan Kelly realizes the title might not last long, but as of the moment, he is the highest-paid center in NFL history.

He signed a long-term contract extension to remain in Indianapolis, the Colts announced Thursday. While terms weren’t revealed, multiple media outlets reported that Kelly’s extension is for four years and $50 million, including $34 million guaranteed.

“I guess the one thing I’ve learned in this business is even if you’re the highest paid, you’re going to be the highest paid for it could be a week, it could be a year,” Kelly said on a video call. “Someone is going to jump you eventually.

“I’m sure when the first $30 million quarterback happened, everybody was like, ‘Ooh, holy crap.’ But in my opinion, it’s about going out there every single day and doing my job. That’s honestly what I care about doing. You don’t play the game for free. You’re going out there and putting your body on the line every single Sunday. It’s awesome.”

According to reports, the extension kicks in next year after Kelly completes his rookie deal in 2020, when he will receive $10.35 million as his fifth-year option.

Kelly, 27, earned his first Pro Bowl appearance last year after starting every game for just the second time in his four-year NFL career. A first-round draft pick (18th overall) out of Alabama in 2016, Kelly started all 16 games as a rookie, but he was limited to a combined 19 games the next two years.

“I didn’t want to go anywhere else, to be honest,” he said. “I never told anybody that besides my agent. I didn’t want to go play in Seattle, it’s too far away. Indianapolis is two hours from my house (in West Chester, Ohio). This would be awesome to have my parents come and see all my games, my grandpa, all my grandparents, aunts and uncles.”

Kelly added, “Feels good to be rewarded. I want to live up to the contract I signed. Go out every single day, be the leader on the offensive line they I know I can be. Play with the consistency I can play with and stay healthy. Those are the things that drive me every single day.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 15, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Staffords pledge $1.5M to Georgia diversity, other programs

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife, Kelly, have pledged $1.5 million to their alma mater, Georgia, that in part will help to fund a new social justice program.

The university announced the donation Friday in a news release.

The social justice program, launched by the UGA Athletic Association, will strive to develop “an environment that will effect meaningful change in the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice for all of the Association’s members, including student-athletes, coaches and staff,” the news release read.

“Kelly and I have thought a lot about how we can improve our society and make a meaningful impact on the current social situation. Each and every time, we came back to education, and there’s no better place to create that kind of positive change than UGA,” Stafford said. “When we learned more about this program and others across campus, we were happy to lend our support.”

Athletic director Greg McGarity said the school appreciates the contribution.

“We are incredibly grateful to Matthew and Kelly for their support of this important program and the university as a whole,” he said. “Their generosity will create positive experiences for many students across multiple areas at UGA and will ensure our student-athletes continue to enjoy exceptional experiences on campus.”

The Staffords’ donation also will assist with the expansion and improvement of football facilities, create two scholarships and provide support for the cheerleading program.

Kelly Stafford was a Bulldogs cheerleader. Her husband was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Lions.

–Field Level Media

Dec 15, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Staffords pledge $1.5M to Georgia diversity, other programs

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and his wife, Kelly, have pledged $1.5 million to their alma mater, Georgia, that in part will help to fund a new social justice program.

The university announced the donation Friday in a news release.

The social justice program, launched by the UGA Athletic Association, will strive to develop “an environment that will effect meaningful change in the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice for all of the Association’s members, including student-athletes, coaches and staff,” the news release read.

“Kelly and I have thought a lot about how we can improve our society and make a meaningful impact on the current social situation. Each and every time, we came back to education, and there’s no better place to create that kind of positive change than UGA,” Stafford said. “When we learned more about this program and others across campus, we were happy to lend our support.”

Athletic director Greg McGarity said the school appreciates the contribution.

“We are incredibly grateful to Matthew and Kelly for their support of this important program and the university as a whole,” he said. “Their generosity will create positive experiences for many students across multiple areas at UGA and will ensure our student-athletes continue to enjoy exceptional experiences on campus.”

The Staffords’ donation also will assist with the expansion and improvement of football facilities, create two scholarships and provide support for the cheerleading program.

Kelly Stafford was a Bulldogs cheerleader. Her husband was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Lions.

–Field Level Media