The Indianapolis Colts placed starting quarterback Carson Wentz on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week, which means he may be unable to suit up for Sunday’s Week 17 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Rookie quarterback Sam Ehlinger is set to start in his place, or so we thought because Zak Keefer of The Athletic tweeted that the Colts need to call Philip Rivers. He even added that he has heard it is being discussed.
We can now put that rumor to rest.
Head coach Frank Reich addressed those rumors. Per Colts insider Joel A. Erickson, Reich says he’s “talked” to Rivers all year long, but added “[Reich] has talked to Rivers about the current situation, but Ehlinger is the starter.”
Rivers finished his career with the Colts last season, going 11-5 as a starter. The longtime Charger threw for over 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns to 11 interceptions.
The veteran QB helped the franchise make it back to the postseason after they missed out on it the previous season.
Now Indianapolis sits at 9-6 and hold the top wild card spot in the AFC.
On Tuesday, the league made it possible for Wentz to still play when they adopted new protocols, reducing mandated quarantines to five days for asymptomatic players.
Sixth-round rookie Sam Ehlinger is Wentz’s backup, and he would be in line to make his first career start if Wentz cannot go.