QB Wentz joins COVID-19 list as Colts try to earn playoff spot

Carson Wentz is expected to miss Sunday’s key game against Las Vegas after the Indianapolis Colts placed their starting quarterback on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear whether Wentz tested positive for the virus or was deemed a close contact to someone else who had tested positive.

But Wentz is unvaccinated and NFL protocols require players who test positive to sit out 10 days. While the CDC changed its guidelines for those who are asymptomatic, recommending a five-day quarantine period and masking over the second five days, it’s unclear if the NFL will change its requirements.

The timing couldn’t be worse for the Colts, who have rebounded from a 1-4 start to win eight of their past 10 games. They can clinch one of the seven AFC playoff spots with a win over the Raiders.

Indy’s move comes one day after five players including right tackle Braden Smith were added to a rapidly expanding COVID-19 list and less than 24 hours after coach Frank Reich was asked whether any additional precautions would be taken to protect Wentz.

“Yes, there has been with the team, as far as—really for every player,” Reich said. “So, we’ll have a plan for the whole team, a plan for certain individuals, Carson being one of them but not the only person. I don’t want to go into detail on every person we might do something a little extra with, but those things are being talked about.”

Wentz’s backup is rookie Sam Ehlinger, who has played in three games but has not thrown a pass this season. He was a sixth-round draft pick.

Veteran Brett Hundley and James Morgan are on Indianapolis’ practice squad. Hundley has gone 3-6 as a starter during his NFL career.

Indy won Saturday at Arizona despite missing six starters because of COVID-19 and losing two more in the first half. The absences forced the Colts to play with only one of their five regular offensive line starters, Smith.

It’s unclear how many, if any, of those players might return Sunday.

But Reich made one thing clear Monday—the Colts did not ask last season’s starter, Philip Rivers, about coming out of retirement to help.

“No,” Reich said. “Right now we’re just in the situation that we’re in. We’re happy with the guys that we’ve got here.”

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31 thoughts on “QB Wentz joins COVID-19 list as Colts try to earn playoff spot

  1. It’s time the NFL wakes up and stops testing altogether! If the players actually get sick, the players don’t play. Trying to be predictive and preventative is fools play and in no one’s best interest.

    1. Terrible idea, Mr. Ostrich. He’s selfish for not getting vaccinated and risking the team’s chances, to say nothing of the health of the other players, coaches, and staff. But I’m sure you know what you’re talking about, Kevin. It’s not like there’s 1,500-2,000 deaths a day in this country. /s

    2. Oh Randy S. Always ready to shame anyone who gets covid. Isn’t that kinda old? We all will get the VID eventually. (or have already).

  2. Not surprising, but predictable, in this low vaccination state. And to think our idiot Attorney General wants to ban mask mandates. He must not read reliable news sources.

    1. Dustin, WE don’t need or want YOU here. How about all the anti-vaxxers move to TX or FL and get each other sick and roll the dice. Your obstinance (Google it) should not result in me or my loved ones getting sick UNNECESSARILY.

    2. If SCOTUS upholds the federal mandate for vaccinations of all employees in companies with 100 or more employees, Wentz and Leonard and other million-dollar professional athletes will have no choice but to comply. I can’t wait for that to happen.

  3. Honestly, we should cut him and censure all the other unvaccinated players. You can complain about the NFL’s rules all you want, but all the players knew the rules ahead of time and knew what they were getting into. The Pfizer vaccine is safe, effective, and has full FDA approval. No reason not to get it, especially if you are a “leader” on a team. Aside from JT and TY, our team is severely lacking locker room leaders.

    1. Robert H you know as much about the vaccine as you do the colts. stay in your lane – the colts are an exemplary organization. tons of leaders and a fantastic head coach!

    2. Wentz should return his pay for failing to fulfill his contract to play as a member of a TEAM sport due to putting his own interests ahead of the Colts. What an idiot…

    3. Robert, people who took the Pfizer vaccine, the booster AND the Mederna are still getting COVID. Can you tell me how many NFL players have been hospitalized or died from COVID-19? This is all about political correctness, it’s not about player health. Influenza A is more dangerous to these athletes than COVID-19 and it’s variants. PS I wouldn’t tell Nelson he’s not a locker room leader to his face.

    4. Larry,

      You know these types wouldn’t say much of anything they say here to the average man’s face, let alone Nelson.

    5. I think it was Bill Parcells who said “The most important part of ability is availability”.

      I’m mystified why a lot of these players have been taking Toradol shots for years but are now drawing the line at COVID vaccines but …

    6. Murray, I’m quite happy to tell Quentin he’s an ignorant ass. Being big, overweight and wrong isn’t that scary…

  4. For the Democrats posting, you DO know vaccinated players all across the country in every sport pro and college are hitting the Covid list, right? At this point we don’t even know if Wentz actually has Covid or if it’s a close contact issue.

  5. Attn: Carson Wentz
    If you had a family that required you to be vaccinated to remain in contact, wouldn’t you do so?
    Isn’t the Colts team your professional family?

    You can’t teach stupid

  6. Jack,

    Please check your sources, regarding the “vaccine” APPROVAL, and get back with me/everyone. I’m 99.9% sure that the MSM falsely reported what you are stating. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that none of the “vaccines” have been approved, at this time, by the FDA.

    If I’m correct, then how can you, or anyone else, refer to these “shots” as “vaccines”? Again, I could be wrong, but I would think that a “shot” would have to be “approved”, by the FDA, before it could truly be referred to as a “vaccine”.

    I’m looking forward to your response, to set me straight, if I’m wrong. Thank you very much.

    Dave

  7. Thank you very much for your response Jolf. Trust me, I’m FAR from qualified to “discuss” the below. Simply passing on what I’ve read. Please read the below and let me know what your thoughts are, or anyone else for that matter. Thank you very much!!

    Dr. Peter McCullough posted the below on 8/30/21. Dr. McCullough’s qualifications follow his post. As you will read, the FDA approved Pfizer vaccine product, is not available, in the US, at this time.

    On August 23, 2021, the US FDA met ahead of schedule with representatives of Pfizer and BioNTech to evaluate the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after eight months of use in the public program. This product, which is a joint effort from two companies was split into two legally distinct entities, having minor differences as products, and then moved forward as a pair to leverage the Emergency Use Authorization and the FDA approval processes simultaneously.

    There was no committee of academic and statistical experts to review the results. Instead, a meeting was held between the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA, and legacy data, preceding the Delta outbreak was reviewed giving the meeting participants a knowingly false impression of high vaccine efficacy which clearly has been lost as the SARS-CoV-2 had mutated.

    The outcome: 1) Pfizer was not granted full approval, but instead was given continuance of the EUA and enabling more use of the now ineffective 30 mcg dose of mRNA coding for the extinct wild-type spike protein, 2) BioNTech was granted conditional approval, but is required to do post-marketing studies not for efficacy, but for looming serious safety issues most notably myocarditis. The BioNTech product, now called Comirnaty, is not currently produced, distributed, or marketed, and for Americans fundamentally will not exist as a distinct product for years.

    Dr. Peter McCullough is an internist, cardiologist, epidemiologist, managing the cardiovascular complications of both the viral infection and the injuries developing after the COVID-19 vaccine in Dallas, TX, USA. Since the outset of the pandemic, Dr. McCullough has been a leader in the medical response to the COVID-19 disaster and has published “Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection,” the first synthesis of sequenced multidrug treatment of ambulatory patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the American Journal of Medicine and subsequently updated in Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine.

    He has 51 peer-reviewed publications on the infection and has commented extensively on the medical response to the COVID-19 crisis in The Hill, America Out Loud, and on FOX NEWS Channel. On November 19, 2020, Dr. McCullough testified in the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and throughout 2021 in the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, Colorado General Assembly, New Hampshire Senate, and South Carolina Senate concerning many aspects of the pandemic response.

    Dr. McCullough has two years of dedicated academic and clinical efforts in combating the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In doing so, he has reviewed thousands of reports, participated in scientific congresses, group discussions, press releases, and been considered among the world’s experts on COVID-19.

    References:

    https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(20)30673-2/fulltext

    https://rcm.imrpress.com/EN/10.31083/j.rcm.2020.04.264

    https://www.truthforhealth.org/patientguide/patient-treatment-guide/

    Link to the above. https://www.americaoutloud.com/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-steamrolled-on-america/

    1. “After Gold, a cardiologist named Dr. Peter McCullough spoke. To prevent coronavirus infection, he recommended gargling or nebulizing dangerous chemicals like hydrogen peroxide.

      “Even sodium hypochlorite, a few drops of household bleach in about 6 or 8 ounces of water, also can be gargled and spit out,” he said.”

      Gargling diluted bleach.

      https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2021/10/20/ohio-senator-joined-anti-vaccine-panel-hyping-debunked-alternative-covid-treatments/

    2. Hey Dave … for giggles, let’s say all of what you post is true and Dr. McCullough isn’t a crank.

      if the vaccine didn’t work, wouldn’t the hospitals be filled with people who had taken the vaccine and fallen sick?

      What’s keeping all those vaccinated people from ending up in the hospital or dead in equal proportions to the unvaccinated?

      Why aren’t the airwaves or social media filled with angry family members upset about how the vaccine didn’t work?

  8. Thank you very much for your responses Joe. I probably should have stated, upfront, that I’m not a Republican or a Democrat. So, I do not have a “political position” regarding this.

    You wrote:

    He also got fired for spreading nonsense. I’m shocked you didn’t mention that as well.

    As I stated in my post, I was simply passing on what I had read. I also stated: Trust me, I’m FAR from qualified to “discuss” the below.

    I’m simply searching for the TRUTH from QUALIFIED sources.

    I apologize for quoting someone that, you feel, is “spreading nonsense”.

    His ex employer has stated that he held the positions below. Due to the positions he held, he seemed “qualified”, to me, to simply write about whether a vaccine was actually approved by the FDA, or not.

    Employee was previously employed by HTPN and held the following roles and positions:
    (1) clinician for HTPN; (2) Vice Chief of Intcmal Medicine for Cardiovascular Disease; (3) Chief
    of Cardiovascular Research; (4) Professor of Medicine and Program Director, Cardiovascular
    Disease Fellowship; and (5) Medical Director, Cardiovascular Research and Education pursuant

    If Dr. McCullough is truly a “crank”, as you referred to him in a later post, then how do you feel about his ex employer? If they are a reputable employer, would they have someone, in the positions listed above, if one was truly a “crank”?

    I copied and pasted, the below, from the CDC website. Here’s the link for you. Please do not waste my time, and yours, sending me a link from some “news” site. I’ve read all of their “crank” news.

    https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/iis/COVID-19-related-codes.html

    COMINARTY products are not orderable at this time. NDCs are listed per FDA Structured Product Label (SPL) document for the BLA licensed product. These codes are not included in CDC Vaccine Code Set files at this time. Pfizer has provided the following statement regarding the COMINARTY branded NDCs and labels:

    “Pfizer received FDA BLA license on 8/23/2021 for its COVID-19 vaccine for use in individuals 16 and older (COMIRNATY). At that time, the FDA published a BLA package insert that included the approved new COVID-19 vaccine tradename COMIRNATY and listed 2 new NDCs (0069-1000-03, 0069-1000-02) and images of labels with the new tradename.
    At present, Pfizer does not plan to produce any product with these new NDCs and labels over the next few months while EUA authorized product is still available and being made available for U.S. distribution. As such, the CDC, AMA, and drug compendia may not publish these new codes until Pfizer has determined when the product will be produced with the BLA labels.”

  9. I reviewed the “qualifications” of the doctor that was quoted in the link below (Dr. Leanne M. Chrisman-Khawam). She’s a family doctor in Cleveland. She might be the best doctor in the world, but her “qualifications” do not match Dr. McCullough in my opinion.

    Does that mean that I’m going to follow Dr. McCullough’s protocol below. Hell no!! LOL

    “After Gold, a cardiologist named Dr. Peter McCullough spoke. To prevent coronavirus infection, he recommended gargling or nebulizing dangerous chemicals like hydrogen peroxide.

    “Even sodium hypochlorite, a few drops of household bleach in about 6 or 8 ounces of water, also can be gargled and spit out,” he said.”

    Gargling diluted bleach.

    https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2021/10/20/ohio-senator-joined-anti-vaccine-panel-hyping-debunked-alternative-covid-treatments/

  10. Hey Dave … for giggles, let’s say all of what you post is true and Dr. McCullough isn’t a crank.

    if the vaccine didn’t work, wouldn’t the hospitals be filled with people who had taken the vaccine and fallen sick?

    What’s keeping all those vaccinated people from ending up in the hospital or dead in equal proportions to the unvaccinated?

    Why aren’t the airwaves or social media filled with angry family members upset about how the vaccine didn’t work?

    Hi Joe, I’m not getting into the argument whether the vaccines work or not. I have NO CLUE.

    I have reviewed the VAERS CDC website. It actually made me sick to my stomach. Here’s a link to the site. https://wonder.cdc.gov/controller/datarequest/D8

    I do know that I had “Covid” in January of 2021. It hit me pretty hard. My oxygen level was 88-90. I lost a VERY good friend, and a damned good man, to “Covid”. I was NOT going into the hospital, so I got some Ivermectin, Prednisone, Azithromycin, Vitamin C, Zinc and D3. In 48 hours my oxygen level was back up to 98-100 and all of my symptoms were gone. This is 100% fact. I CAN promise you that.

    I pray that I did not upset you, or anyone else with my posts. If I did, I apologize. I do not post on social media. Have posted on a couple of IBJ articles, regarding business.

    Take care.

    1. Dave, you’re just repeating and spreading the usual anti-vaxer nonsense. Congrats on not dying like the person I know who counted on natural immunity and the crank cures instead of the vaccine. Have a nice day.

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