Carson Wentz Placed on Injured Reserve

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz
Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz
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NFL Week 7 - The Washington Commanders have officially placed Carson Wentz on injured reserve, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Wentz is ruled out at least the next four games but is expected to miss up to six. 

The announcement comes after Wentz fractured a finger on his throwing hand during Washington's Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears. According to a report from ESPN,  Wentz elected to undergo surgery on Monday to repair the fractured ring finger. 

The Commanders will start Taylor Heinicke in Wentz's absence. Heinicke took over as starting quarterback for Washington in 2021 after Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with a Week 1 concussion. In his first season as a primary starter, Heinicke finished with a DYAR of 184 and a DVOA of -5.7%, 22nd and 18th among quarterbacks, respectively.  Both of those numbers would be better than Wentz's -131 DYAR and -19.0% DVOA through six games this season, which both rank 30th among quarterbacks this season. 

After previously making comments citing quarterback play as a primary source of Washington's offensive struggles, Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera delivered an impassioned defense of Wentz's quarterback play. Rivera's comments came after insinuation that he did not want to trade for the quarterback.

"Everybody wants to keep saying I didn't want to do anything with Carson, well bulls**t," said Rivera during his Thursday night postgame press conference, via NFL.com. "I'm the f**king guy that pulled out the sheets of paper, that looked at the analytics, that watched the tape, and the freaking when we were in Indianapolis. OK. And that's what pisses me off, because the young man doesn't deserve to have that all the time. I'm sorry, I'm done."

Wentz's minimum four-week stint on injured reserve means he will miss both his "revenge games" against former teams. Washington heads to Indianapolis in Week 8 and Philadelphia in Week 10. 

Comments

12 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2022, 6:42pm

#1 by theslothook // Oct 22, 2022 - 1:57pm

I think this is the end of the SSS Commander Wentz. 

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#2 by TimK // Oct 22, 2022 - 3:56pm

SSS? Does that technically make him a submersible steam ship? Which might not be a bad metaphor… superficially an impressive piece of engineering, but fundamentally impractical and unable to perform consistently as hoped.

At least 4-6 weeks is enough time to make a decision on whether they want him back as starter. The Broncos probably don’t have that luxury if their offence suddenly scores some TDs this week but Wilson is healthy again next week.

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#4 by theslothook // Oct 22, 2022 - 4:10pm

I can't see the Commanders' offense being any worse under Heinecke. So I sort of just assume this is the end of Wentz unless Heinecke gets injured. 

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#11 by KnotMe // Oct 23, 2022 - 12:35pm

Not totally sure but from OTC it looks like they can cut him after this year. 

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#5 by fynsta // Oct 22, 2022 - 4:30pm

He's called Heinicke, he's not the singular form of a dutch brewing company

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#7 by Cale Clinton // Oct 22, 2022 - 5:51pm

Thanks for that! Fixed.

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#6 by morganja // Oct 22, 2022 - 4:32pm

The 2nd round pick they traded becomes a 3rd round pick if he plays less than 70% of the offensive snaps? 11.2 games....

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#8 by JoelBarlow // Oct 23, 2022 - 10:34am

that's what we do with QBs right

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#12 by LionInAZ // Oct 23, 2022 - 6:40pm

Does this improve the playoff odds for WAS, independent of the win over GB?

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