Can Colts stem the tide if Carson Wentz, Quenton Nelson miss video games? – Indianapolis Colts Weblog

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WESTFIELD, Ind. – One of the Indianapolis Colts’ strongest attributes on either side of the ball is their offensive line, which is designed to help quarterback Carson Wentz recover from a disappointing 2020 season and help Indianapolis return to the playoffs for the second season in a row.

It will be difficult if three of the five start offensive linemen are injured, as is Wentz.

Wentz and Guardian Quenton Nelson joined center Ryan Kelly (Elbow), leaving Eric Fisher (Achilles) incapacitated. Wentz and Nelson have basically the same foot injury that keeps them sidelined for anywhere from five to twelve weeks.

There is never a good time to be injured. And it’s really not a good time when four of the first five games are played against teams, made the playoffs last season, and all five of those teams are expected to push for playoff spots this season.

Winning games against the Seahawks, Rams, Titans, Dolphins, and Ravens would be difficult with a healthy squad. It could be a brutal stretch for the Colts if those players aren’t back yet. And the reality is, there is a chance they won’t be.

Kelly is out for a couple of weeks with his elbow injury, and there is a chance Fisher will miss the start of the regular season as he continues to rehabilitate himself from his Achilles tendon tear last winter. The Colts cast a wide web on Wentz and Nelson’s return plan based on discussions with medical officials as all players recover differently.

“We talked about it as a team, we talked about it individually – this is a great opportunity for our boys to deepen our team,” said coach Frank Reich. “We talk about it all the time, it’s the course of a season so we have a good chance of evaluating all the guys who can step in and there are a handful of them. That’s what we’re doing right now, and we’re hoping for it [Nelson] will be back in week 1. We don’t know, but that’s our hope. “

According to Caesars Sportsbook, the Colts ‘chances of winning the Super Bowl (25-1, 35-1), AFC (13-1, 16-1) and AFC South (-110, +170) decreased after Wentz’s announcement’ Reich forecast on Monday afternoon.

A lot can change in the next five weeks before the Colts welcomes Seattle in Week 1. The Colts haven’t opened the season with a win since 2013. At the start of the season, the Colts could potentially struggle to play the ball without their left start guard and tackle and quarterback to keep the defense honest with his arm.

The Colts defensive line has prevailed over the battered offensive line in the training camp in the last few days. Imagine what Seattle and Tennessee coaches Pete Carroll and Mike Vrabel can do about the Colts. Or the devastating Rams all-pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald will do the middle. And to top it all off, three of the first five games are on their way for the Colts.

The Colts may need to rely more on the defense of Matt Eberflus – who was eighth in allowed yards last season and second against the run – to keep them in the games until those key players return.

Reich keeps a tight thought process about what lies ahead. That is why he had a long post-practice conversation with his team in which he spoke with a lot of passion. The Colts started the 2018 season at 1-5 and ended it with a 10-6 record and a place in the playoffs.

“I’ve been part of some really great teams that have lost great players and it takes all of us and you to overcome it as a team and I believe whatever card we get will be good,” said Reich.