Report: Carson Wentz has surgery, out four to six weeks

The former Bison star and Washington QB suffered a fractured right ring finger in the Commanders' win over Chicago last week.

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Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz (11) looks to pass against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an Oct. 13, 2022 game at Soldier Field in Chicago.
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Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks after fracturing the ring finger of his throwing hand in last week's win over the Chicago Bears, NFL Network reported Monday.

The former North Dakota State quarterback underwent successful surgery Monday in Los Angeles, the Commanders said in a statement. Hand specialist Dr. Steven Shin performed the surgery.

"He will immediately begin rehab and is expected to make a full recovery," the team said.

Taylor Heinicke is Washington's primary backup. The Commanders also have rookie Sam Howell on the active roster.

Wentz could land on injured reserve, which would sideline him for a minimum of four games.


Wentz sustained the injury during Thursday night’s 12-7 win over the Chicago Bears.

On Thursday, Wentz threw for just 99 yards, completing 12 of 22 passes. He was also sacked three times, but his performance was good enough for Washington to snap a four-game losing streak.

Wentz played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2016 to 2020. He was a part of the 2017 Super Bowl championship team but was unable to play due to a torn ACL. The Eagles eventually traded him to the Indianapolis Colts. Last season with the Colts, Wentz threw for 3,563 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was traded to the Commanders in the offseason.

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