QB Sam Ehlinger of the Indianapolis Colts averted the worst-case situation, but he won’t be ready for the start of the 2021 season.
According to a person familiar with the issue, Ehlinger sprained his ACL on Saturday, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport noted that the quarterback will be gone for four weeks but will not require surgery.
Coach Frank Reich said the injury “didn’t look good” after the Colts’ 27-17 win over the Lions on Friday night.
Fortunately, Ehlinger avoided a full-fledged ACL injury, which would have forced him to miss the rest of the season. To put Ehlinger on IR to start the season, Indy would have to keep him on the final 53-man roster, which would mean missing at least three weeks.
During camp, Ehlinger stood out, placing pressure on Jacob Eason for the starting job if Carson Wentz isn’t ready for Week 1. Before going down with the injury, Ehlinger went 3 of 3 for 63 yards in Detroit, including a magnificent 60-yard ball in the face of pressure.
Wentz, who had foot surgery earlier this month, is expected to be ready to start the season for the Colts. On Sept. 12, if the former Eagle isn’t ready, Eason will start at quarterback against the Seattle Seahawks.