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Indianapolis Colts QB Carson Wentz placed on COVID-19 list

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Posted at 1:39 PM, Dec 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-29 07:34:33-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Tuesday.

Wentz could miss Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.

However, the NFL on Tuesday adopted guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that reduced the quarantine time to five days from 10 for all players who test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, including those who are unvaccinated.

The quarterbacks currently on the Colts' roster include backup Sam Ehlinger and practice squad members Brett Hundley and James Morgan.

The Colts have been hit in recent days by an outbreak within their locker room that has resulted in 13 players being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

On Monday, coach Frank Reich noted that the team has "more unvaccinated players than average." Wentz and linebacker Darius Leonard, who could miss his second straight game Sunday, are among the team's stars who have not received the vaccine.

"At some level you feel like it’s going to catch up to you eventually," Reich said. "Not just the vaccinated, unvaccinated question, but just in general with how ramped it seems and it’s unfortunate for everybody."

Players on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list include Wentz, Leonard, safety Jaheel Addae, cornerback T.J. Carrie, guard Mark Glowinski, linebacker Malik Jefferson, running back Marlon Mack, center/guard Quenton Nelson, wide receiver Zach Pascal, tackle/guard Braden Smith and defensive end Kemeko Turay, safety Khari Willis and cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.

The Colts (9-6) have won five of their past six games and currently sit in the fifth playoff spot in the AFC.