Washington Commanders starting quarterback Carson Wentz took the field Thursday night not “100 percent” from a hand strain and appears to have suffered a serious second injury from his Week 6 effort.
On Saturday morning, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport broke the news that not only will Wentz try to recover from the biceps strain he suffered in Week 5, but the hand injury he reportedly visited the doctor this week is serious.
“Commanding QB Carson Wentz suffered a fractured finger on his throwing hand in the team’s win over the Bears, per myself and Mike Garafolo. He traveled to Los Angeles to see a hand specialist to determine the next step. Its availability is up in the air.”
-Carson Wentz hand injury report
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By comparison, New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte suffered a broken finger near the end of the season and was out for a month. Baseball is a far less physical sport and Wentz can’t go around with a cast around his arm like other position players might on the football field next week.
Who will start if Carson Wentz can’t play for the Washington Commanders next week?
As of now, undrafted Old Dominion alum Taylor Heinicke is listed as the QB2 on the Washington Commanders depth chart. He’s been in the league for four seasons and was the team’s starter in 2021 after Alex Smith suffered a career-ending injury during the 2020 season. The 29-year-old is a known commodity and while he’s competent, he won’t take the Commander’s offense to new heights.
That’s why Ron Rivera might seriously consider giving rookie Sam Howell the start if he’s healthy. Rivera’s job is on the line and Washington badly needs some excitement. While there are no guarantees the 2022 fifth-round pick will be able to do that, his strong performance in the preseason is cause for hope. Plus, as a late-round pick, he’s more of a low-risk, high-reward option that Rivera and the Washington Commanders front office might decide is worth the gamble after a 2-4 start to the season.