Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz will miss at least four weeks after having to undergo surgery to repair a fractured finger on his throwing hand on Monday.
Wentz, a seven-year NFL veteran in his first season in Washington, fractured the ring finger on his right hand in the Commanders’ 12-7 win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
In the win, Wentz, which snapped a four-game Washington losing skid, was 12-of-22 for 99 yards.
For the season, the 2016 #2 overall pick has passed for 1,489 yards, 10 TDs, six INTs, a 62.1 percent completion rate, 84.1 passer rating and 34.1 QBR.
Backup Taylor Heinicke, a 2014 ODU alum, will start in place of Wentz, with UNC alum Sam Howell, a 2022 fifth-round pick, moving up from the #3 spot to serve as the backup.
Heinicke was the starter in Washington in 2021, passing for 3,419 yards, 20 TDs, 15 INTs, a 65.0 percent completion rate, 85.9 passer rating and 39.9 QBR in 15 starts in which the team went 7-8.