WASHINGTON– Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz underwent surgery Monday in Los Angeles to repair a broken finger on his throwing hand, the team said in a statement.
Wentz has been told by doctors that he is considering a four-week recovery schedule, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Washington has yet to decide whether to place Wentz on injured reserve, which would require him to miss at least four games, meaning his return to Indianapolis and Philadelphia.
The Commanders play the Eagles in Lincoln Financial Week 10, Nov. 14 on Monday Night Football.
The commanders didn’t specify in their statement how much time Wentz would be missing, only that he “will begin rehab and is expected to make a full recovery.”
dr Steven Shin of the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center performed the surgery, the team said.
Wentz broke his right ring finger in Washington’s 12-7 win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. Taylor Heinicke will replace Wentz as a starter. Rookie Sam Howell, a fifth-round draft pick, will be the primary backup.
Washington (2-4) hosts the Green Bay Packers (3-3) on Sunday.
Wentz injured his finger two minutes from time in the first half when his right hand caught the arm of Bears defender Justin Jones on his march through. Wentz was seen shaking hands after that game and later on the drive. He never left the game.
In six games, Wentz has thrown for 1,489 yards and 10 touchdowns — ranked fifth in the NFL — with six interceptions, the third most in the league. Wentz’s overall QBR of 36.0 ranks him 27th in the NFL.
The team traded three draft picks for Wentz and a second-round pick of 2022. The commanders gave up second- and third-round picks in 2022, as well as a conditional pick in 2023 that will be a second-round pick if Wentz has 70% of Washington’s Offensive Snaps plays.
Heinicke started in 15 games last season, throwing for 20 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. His legs could provide a spark for an offense that needs one. The Commanders combined for 55 points in their first two games, but only 47 in the following four games.
Wentz has been fired 23 times, the most in the NFL.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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