Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz out four weeks after surgery on ring finger
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Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz out four weeks after surgery on ring finger

Chris Graham
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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.

 

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, youtube.com/chrisgrahamAFP.