The NFL informed clubs that unvaccinated players who tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days -- including #Colts QB Carson Wentz and LB Darius Leonard and #Chargers WR Mike Williams -- are now eligible to play Sunday provided symptoms have improved, per sources.
We reported earlier today the league and the NFLPA were in talks about this. You can read the complete memo on Pelissero's Twitter page. But some keys are vaccinated players can test out in less than five days. The five days is mandatory for unvaccinated players but it will allow those tested early in the week to still have a chance to play in the next game - obviously very important with the upcoming playoffs.
It is unclear if Wentz was put on the list as a close contact or if he tested positive, but either way he will miss Sunday's key game against the Las Vegas Raiders, because he's an unvaccinated player. If he's a close contact he must quarantine for five days and then could return if he tested negative. If he tested positive he must quarantine for 10 days, according to the story. Rookie Ehlinger, barring the Colts bringing in a quarterback from the outside or going with practice squad quarterback Hundley, will start against the Raiders. Ehlinger missed the start of the regular season due to a knee injury suffered in a preseason game at Detroit.
The Colts have officially moved on to their third backup quarterback in a season that hasn’t hit the halfway point yet.
Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich named rookie Sam Ehlinger to the No. 2 spot Tuesday, confirming a move made obvious by the decision Monday to release veteran Brett Hundley and bring him back on the practice squad.
Ehlinger, a sixth-round pick out of Texas who has never thrown a regular season pass in the NFL, is now next in line behind Wentz. Reich said Ehlinger is finally healthy enough and he's continued to learn the offense.