Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz has been placed on the NFL’s COVID-19 list.
For the Colts, no Wentz means no starting quarterback, which in turn means recent Texas Longhorns alum Sam Ehlinger, who started under center in Austin for roughly four years, might be next up in the lineup, the Athletic reports. From the Athletic:
Sam Ehlinger [is] a sixth-round pick from last spring who’s only taken 18 mop-up duty regular-season snaps and wasn’t particularly impressive in the preseason before succumbing to a knee sprain in the final exhibition game in Detroit. Ehlinger went 21-for-31 for 288 yards and threw three interceptions in the preseason, adding 55 rushing yards on 11 carries.
After his knee injury, Ehlinger returned to practice a month later and assumed backup duties after the Colts cut Jacob Eason. The team also has Brett Hundley on the practice squad, whom they were prepared to start over Eason in Week 3 if Wentz couldn’t play. While Hundley likely gets elevated to the active roster, the team has made it clear in recent weeks that Ehlinger is the backup.
Indications are that he’ll get his shot Sunday.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Ramey, Beard learning how to pull in same direction for Texas
Dallas Morning News: 5 Texas players who exceeded expectations in 2021: Xavier Worthy shines despite Longhorns’ struggles
Dallas Morning News: 3 takeaways from Texas’ rout of Incarnate Word: Dylan Disu tremendous off the bench
247Sports: The Brew: Football staff emerging from break; new COVID-19 threshold rules for basketball; and Rori Harmon
247Sports: Former Texas QB Sam Ehlinger shares reunion picture with Colt McCoy
Inside Texas: Is it time for general managers in college football?
Inside Texas: Texas Longhorns transfer portal priorities
Inside Texas: January resolutions for Texas football
Inside Texas: Humidor: WR coach, coaching personalities, recruiting stocking stuffers
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
Dallas Morning News: Texas recruiting report card: Xavier Worthy the lone standout in transitional 2021 class
247Sports: Newly-offered 2023 athlete Anthony White discusses opportunity at Texas
247Sports: Previewing Texas signees, targets playing in Under Armour All-America Game
247Sports: Post-Christmas recruiting notes to begin the week
247Sports: Top247 safety Jacoby Mathews working though recruitment heading into Under Armour All-American Game
Inside Texas: Tuesday afternoon Texas Longhorns recruiting notes
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Austin American-Statesman: Maybe a Cincinnati title is just what the CFP actually needs
Our Daily Bears: Big 12 MBB: Team updates and power rankings, 12/27
Our Daily Bears: Baylor MBB vs Northwestern State: Three stats that will decide the game
Our Daily Bears: New Orleans Primer: The best of the best while in NOLA for the Sugar Bowl
Crimson and Cream Machine: Oklahoma vs. Oregon: Alamo Bowl preview, storylines & predictions
Crimson and Cream Machine: Oklahoma Football: What to watch during the Alamo Bowl
The Smoking Musket: What I think after a bowl loss and losing season
The Smoking Musket: West Virginia’s offense a disappointment in the desert, Mountaineers fall to Minnesota in Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Wide Right & Natty Lite: Players to Watch: The Cheez-It Bowl
Wide Right & Natty Lite: WRNL Interrogates: Shakin the Southland
WHAT WE’RE READING
SB Nation: Never forget that John Madden was also one of the greatest coaches of all time
SB Nation: Bengals not sorry for running up score on Ravens
SB Nation: New rules for interviewing head coaching candidates could impact Bills starting today
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND BEYOND
- Former Texas quarterback Casey Thompson is rumored to land with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
- Texas men’s basketball freshman Jaylon Tyson is entering the NCAA transfer portal.
Beard said freshman Jaylon Tyson’s decision to transfer out was based largely on playing time, or lack thereof. “I respect Jaylon’s decision that he made with his family.” Beard said this is college basketball in 2021.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) December 29, 2021