One day after it was confirmed that quarterback Carson Wentz underwent surgery for a foot injury, the same surgery will now happen for starting guard Quenton Nelson.
BREAKING: Quenton Nelson has the same foot injury as Carson Wentz. He’s scheduled to have surgery in Indy later today with the same doctor as Wentz. Similar 5-12 week timeline for Nelson— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) August 3, 2021
The 5-12 week timeline means that really the only way he’ll play against the Seahawks is if the recovery is exactly five weeks. Odds aren’t really in his favor at this point, and neither for Wentz.
If the hopes of Wentz returning to his 2017 form were pinned largely on his relationship with head coach Frank Reich, Nelson has long established himself as one of the best offensive linemen in the league. The sixth overall pick in 2018, Nelson has been named to first-team All-Pro in all three of his seasons and has never missed a start. His perfect attendance now looks to be in serious jeopardy.
We don’t know what the Colts will do at quarterback — they might trade for Nick Foles or Marcus Mariota, or just start Jacob Eason — but for now it looks like Seattle’s opening day opponents will have a backup QB and a backup left guard in the starting lineup. Nelson is undeniably the bigger absence.