According to NFL Networks’, Ian Rapoport, the timeline for Wentz’s recovery is somewhere between four and six weeks.
#Commanders QB Carson Wentz is facing a recovery time of roughly 4-6 weeks and Injured Reserve is a consideration, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. He’s currently in Los Angeles meeting with a hand specialist because of his fractured ring finger.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 17, 2022
The Commanders are currently in last place in the NFC East.
Washington won its most recent game, defeating the Chicago Bears 12-7 on Thursday, but remains the only team in its division to have a losing record. In six games this season, Wentz has been solid statistically, with 10 touchdown passes and just six interceptions, according to ESPN. In REAL LIFE, he has been suspect. In that 12-7 victory over the garbage Bears, Wentz threw the football for just 99 yards.
Washington head coach Ron Rivera has been very critical of Wentz so far this season. Whether or not Rivera publicly bashing his quarterback and blaming him for Washington’s failures this season is cool or not is beside the point. The fact is that Taylor Heinicke is back at the helm for Washington and has chance to prove that he is still capable of playing good football.
In Washington’s wild card loss last year to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Heinicke stood toe to toe against the GOAT, Tom Brady, in a gritty 31-23 loss to end the Commanders’ season. Heinicke threw for one touchdown, ran for another, and racked up over 300 passing yards. (RELATED: Former NFL Cornerback Antonio Dennard Shot And Killed)
Wentz will likely be out of a job if Heinicke plays well and manages to give Washington a boost in the NFC East standings.