Quarterback Carson Wentz (#2) cools down between drills during the last day of Colts camp practice Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021 at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield.

Last Day Of Colts Camp Practice Wednesday Aug 25 2021

Carson Wentz, Colts set to host Seahawks

Training camp didn’t exactly go the way the Indianapolis Colts and new quarterback Carson Wentz would have liked.

Wentz, acquired from Philadelphia in the offseason to replace the retired Philip Rivers, underwent foot surgery Aug. 2 and missed three weeks of practice, then spent five days in quarantine on the COVID-19 list after coming in close contact with a staff member who tested positive.

He returned to practice as a full participant Wednesday, which has given him precious few reps with the first-team offense heading into Sunday’s season opener at home against the Seattle Seahawks.

“It’s going to come down to how the doctors feel, where I’m at and everything,” Wentz said. “But just being out there, full pads (this week), taking a handful of reps was definitely a step in the right direction.”

Running back Nyheim Hines said it looked like Wentz hadn’t missed a beat.

“He’s looked good,” Hines said. “Throwing the ball well, doesn’t look like he’s missed anything. He’s in control of all the checks and looks like he knows what he’s doing out there.

“… If he has to be Superman, he can do that; if he just has to turn around and hand the ball off, he can do that too. I think with Carson, I think he’s going to do whatever is required to win the game. That’s what we all feel about him and he’s going to do whatever it takes.”

Wentz, who is trying to overcome a season in Philadelphia in which he threw 15 interceptions and was sacked 50 times, both league highs, is reunited with coach Frank Reich, who was the offensive coordinator with the Eagles early in Wentz’s career.

Receiver T.Y. Hilton is out with a neck injury, but Wentz can turn to running back Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 1,169 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie last season as the Colts went 11-5.

Reich said All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson (foot/back) and veteran left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles), both coming off injuries, could play Sunday.

The Colts are strong defensively, with All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard. Edge rusher Kwity Paye, their first-round draft pick, earned Pro Football Focus’ highest grade among rookie defenders in the preseason.

“For me, looking back at (the) 2020 season, it’s consistency,” Buckner told the Indianapolis Star. “For a point in time, we were the No. 1 defense in the league. And then we kind of fell off toward the end. … If we’re consistent from start to finish, I believe we could finish (as) the No. 1 defense in the league.”

The reigning NFC West champion Seahawks, who were 12-4 last season, have a new offensive coordinator, Shane Waldron, who came over from the Los Angeles Rams, but quarterback Russell Wilson has the same skill-position players at his disposal as in the past, notably running back Chris Carson and receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

Under Waldron, the Seahawks plan to make better use of the short- and intermediate-passing game.

“It’s really about getting the ball to our guys fast, quick as possible, taking our (deep) shots, too,” Wilson said. “And also giving the ball to (Carson) and letting him run is always a good thing.”

Seahawks left tackle Duane Brown returned to practice Monday after reworking his contract. Safety Jamal Adams also got a new deal this offseason.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll reported no serious injuries to starters for the season opener.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams safety John Johnson III (43) tackles Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson: ‘I did not request a trade’

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on Thursday insisted he never asked the organization for a trade while acknowledging “unfortunate frustrations” with how the season ended.

In his first public comments since causing a stir in February, Wilson asserted that “I’ve always wanted to play here for my full career.”

Two days after the Super Bowl, Wilson did two interviews in which he aired his frustrations with getting hit too much and made allusions to being on the trade market. His comments set off months of speculation about whether the Seahawks would trade him and to where.

“I did not request a trade,” Wilson said Thursday. “The reality is, I think calls were getting thrown around and this and that, and I think that’s just the reality, but at the end of the day the real reality is that I’m here, and I’m here to win, and I’m here to win it all.

“There was a lot of people, there was a whole thing saying I requested a trade, and that’s just not true,” Wilson said. “I didn’t request a trade. Everything kind of started from there. Obviously, tons of teams were calling and I think that the reality was I didn’t want to go anywhere else, I wanted to play in Seattle. But if I had to go somewhere, these are the teams I would go to or consider. At the end of the day I have a no-trade clause, right?”

Wilson has been sacked 394 times in his career in the regular season, including 47 times last season, third most in the league.

“I’m frustrated (about) getting hit too much. I’m frustrated with that part of it. At the end of the day, you want to win,” Wilson said in one of those February interviews.

Then, Wilson was cryptic as to whether he would return to Seattle.

“I’m not sure if I’m available or not. That’s a Seahawks question,” Wilson said in a separate interview. “The reality of professional sports is things happen, things change. I’m not sure how long I will play in Seattle. I think hopefully it will be forever. But things change, obviously, along the way.”

Wilson has three years remaining on the $140 million extension he signed in April 2019.

–Field Level Media

Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson (left) and Ciara (right) appears on the red carpet prior the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson to co-host TV show about vaccinations

Aug 3, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills former coach Marv Levy (left) talks with ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, entertainer Ciara, will host “Roll Up Your Sleeves,” a TV special aimed at raising awareness about vaccinations against COVID-19.

It is scheduled to air Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

Also set to make appearances on the program are President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Jennifer Lopez, and actors Lin-Manuel Miranda and Matthew McConaughey.

McConaughey is scheduled to interview Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about the vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that 36.4 percent of Americans 18 and older have received one dose of the vaccine, with 22.3 percent fully vaccinated with two doses.

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks back to the sideline following a failed third down play against the New York Giants during the second quarter at Lumen Field. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stands behind Wilson. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders favored to land Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

The Las Vegas Raiders have emerged as the favorites to land Russell Wilson should the Seattle Seahawks trade their disgruntled franchise quarterback.

The Raiders were installed as the 5/1 favorite on Feb. 9 by SportsBetting.com to acquire Wilson. That was after the quarterback said in multiple interviews that he was not happy with the amount of sacks he takes in Seattle and wanted a voice in personnel decisions.

That reportedly did not sit well with the Seahawks’ front office. Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, told ESPN that his client has not demanded a trade but if one was considered, the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears are “the only teams he would go to.”

Thursday’s developments drove the odds of Las Vegas landing Wilson down to 4/1 at SportsBetting.com.

The Miami Dolphins are second at 7/1, followed by the Washington Football Team (8/1), Cowboys (10/1), Saints (12/1) and New York Jets (12/1).

However, the sportsbook is still offering Wilson as the 1/5 favorite to be the Seahawks’ starting quarterback in Week 1 compared to 7/2 that it will be someone else.

Wilson, 32, has three years left on a four-year, $140 million contract he signed in April 2019. That deal includes a no-trade clause, giving Wilson veto power over any potential trade.

The Saints are considered a longshot due to salary cap issues, while the Cowboys are trying to work out a long-term deal with Dak Prescott, who played last season under the franchise tag.

The Bears are facing a major decision at quarterback with Mitchell Trubisky a pending free agent and veteran Nick Foles failing to hold onto the starting job last season.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden has continued to back incumbent starter Derek Carr while Las Vegas has reportedly fielded calls from other teams interested in backup Marcus Mariota.

Russell Wilson’s next team odds by SportsBetting.com:
Las Vegas Raiders 4/1
Miami Dolphins 7/1
Washington Football Team 8/1
Dallas Cowboys 10/1
New Orleans Saints 12/1
New York Jets 12/1
Denver Broncos 15/1
Chicago Bears 15/1
Carolina Panthers 15/1
New England Patriots 15/1
San Francisco 49ers 20/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 25/1
Philadelphia Eagles 40/1
Minnesota Vikings 40/1
Cleveland Browns 40/1
New York Giants 50/1
Houston Texans 50/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 50/1
Atlanta Falcons 50/1
Tennessee Titans 50/1
Detroit Lions 50/1
Los Angeles Chargers 70/1
Cincinnati Bengals 70/1
Los Angeles Rams 70/1
Arizona Cardinals 70/1
Indianapolis Colts 80/1
Baltimore Ravens 100/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 100/1
Green Bay Packers 200/1
Buffalo Bills 200/1
Kansas City Chiefs 500/1

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) avoids the tackle by Los Angeles Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Russell Wilson, Seahawks split could happen ‘soon’

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are headed for divorce, according to a detailed report by The Athletic on Thursday.

“Some people around the league think a trade could happen, if not this offseason then sometime in the near future,” per The Athletic.

Wilson could command up to three first-round picks, per multiple reports, and the 32-year-old has three years left on a four-year, $140 million deal he signed in April 2019.

The Athletic reported the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints all have a level of interest in Wilson.

In a wide-ranging deep dive into the rift between Wilson and the Seahawks, the report focuses on a difference of opinion between Wilson and the organization about the design of the offense and personnel on the offensive line.

Wilson responded to reports of his frustration with the Seahawks following the Super Bowl, a game he attended as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year as a guest of commissioner Roger Goodell. Wilson told “The Dan Patrick Show” he was increasingly concerned about the nearly 400 career sacks he’s taken in nine seasons.

“That’s a big thing that we gotta fix. That’s gotta be fixed,” Wilson said.

The Athletic report said Wilson had been firing off testy text messages to Jake Heaps, a former teammate and private passing coach, during the game. It was a simmering position for Wilson that boiled over during a meeting The Athletic said ended in Wilson storming out of the room before the Seahawks played Arizona on Thursday night in November 2020.

Per the report, Wilson gave the team an outline of his ideas to fix the offense but head coach Pete Carroll shook him off.

Within the new report, several sources are interviewed and there is blame assessed from those sources on either side.

One attributed comment from former running back Robert Turbin, who was in Wilson’s wedding, indicated the quarterback’s well-being is at the center of the issues.

“The reason that we’re here is because he’s on pace to be the most sacked quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Turbin told The Athletic.

But another source, pointing to a two-game stretch in which Wilson committed seven turnovers and Carroll scaled back the offense, sided with Seattle.

“He’s finally catching heat. That’s the main reason for all of this,” the source is quoted as saying.

A coach from another team said “It’s a great story. There is a lot there. Money, greed, power and control.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 15, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) reacts after getting sacked by Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson: Next team odds for Seahawks QB

Russell Wilson’s future with Seattle became a burning topic with the quarterback saying this week that he’s “frustrated” with the pounding he takes behind the Seahawks’ offensive line.

The 32-year-old has a no-trade clause that gives him veto power and Wilson’s contract carries a $32 million salary cap hit for next year if he is traded, so it remains unlikely that he will suit up elsewhere next season.

That didn’t douse the flames on the rumor mill, and SportsBetting.com is offering odds on all 31 potential NFL destinations should Wilson be traded before Sept. 1.

Russell Wilson Next Team Odds
Las Vegas Raiders: 5/1
Dallas Cowboys: 6/1
Washington Football Team: 8/1
Jacksonville Jaguars: 8/1
Denver Broncos: 10/1
San Francisco 49ers: 10/1
Miami Dolphins: 12/1
Indianapolis Colts: 12/1
Chicago Bears: 15/1
Carolina Panthers: 15/1
New England Patriots: 15/1
New York Jets: 20/1
New Orleans Saints: 25/1
Philadelphia Eagles: 40/1
Minnesota Vikings: 40/1
Cleveland Browns: 40/1
New York Giants: 50/1
Houston Texans: 50/1
Pittsburgh Steelers: 50/1
Atlanta Falcons: 50/1
Tennessee Titans: 50/1
Detroit Lions: 50/1
Los Angeles Chargers: 70/1
Cincinnati Bengals: 70/1
Los Angeles Rams: 70/1
Arizona Cardinals: 70/1
Baltimore Ravens: 100/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 100/1
Green Bay Packers: 200/1
Buffalo Bills: 200/1
Kansas City Chiefs: 500/1

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) avoids the tackle by Los Angeles Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson ‘frustrated with getting hit too much’

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had a lot to say in two different interviews Tuesday and the big takeaways weren’t about him winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award over Super Bowl weekend.

Ultimately, the 32-year-old superstar is “frustrated” with all the hits he’s taking behind the Seahawks offensive line, and he wants more say in personnel decisions made by the team.

Further, Wilson gave an obtuse answer about how long he’ll be playing in Seattle, saying he “definitely” believes the Seahawks are fielding calls about him.

“I’m not sure if I’m available or not. That’s a Seahawks question,” Wilson said Tuesday on the “Dan Patrick Show.” “The reality of professional sports is things happen, things change. I’m not sure how long I will play in Seattle. I think hopefully it will be forever. But things change, obviously, along the way.”

But Wilson didn’t pull any punches when asked about the hits he’s taken.

“Like any player, you never want to get hit,” Wilson told reporters via Zoom on Tuesday. “That’s the reality of playing this position. Ask any quarterback who wants to play this game. … I think that the reality is I’ve definitely been hit. I’ve been sacked almost 400 times, so we’ve got to get better.

“I’m frustrated (about) getting hit too much. I’m frustrated with that part of it. At the end of the day, you want to win.”

Wilson has been sacked 394 times in his career in the regular season, including 47 times last season, third most in the league. According to ESPN, the 394 are the most in a QB’s first nine seasons since the 1970 merger. Randall Cunningham is next at 366.

To that end, Wilson told Patrick he thinks “it helps to be involved more” in personnel decisions.

“I want to be able to be involved because at the end of the day, it’s your legacy, it’s your team’s legacy, it’s the guys you get to go into the huddle with and at the end of the day, those guys you’ve got to trust,” Wilson told Patrick. “I think if you ask guys like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, you know even Tom, you know, I think that you saw this year how much he was involved in the process — I think that’s something that is important to me.”

Wilson has three years remaining on the $140 million extension he signed in April 2019, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history then. He’s now third behind Patrick Mahomes ($45 million per season) and Deshaun Watson ($39 million).

–Field Level Media