Wentz undergoes finger surgery, reportedly set to miss 4-6 weeks
Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz underwent surgery after fracturing the ring finger of his throwing hand, the team announced Monday.
Wentz is facing an absence of four-to-six weeks due to the injury, sources told Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. He reportedly could be placed on injured reserve.
The veteran fractured his finger in Thursday's win over the Chicago Bears. He struggled throughout the game, finishing 12 of 22 for 99 yards.
Taylor Heinicke will likely start in Wentz's absence. Heinicke started 15 games last season, throwing for 3,419 yards and 20 touchdowns against 15 interceptions. Washington could also give fifth-round rookie Sam Howell his first NFL action.
Wentz has produced an up-and-down debut campaign with the Commanders following an offseason trade from the Indianapolis Colts. He has thrown for 1,489 yards with 10 passing scores against six picks while taking an NFL-high 23 sacks.
His recovery timeline could affect the compensation the Colts get from the NFC East club. Indianapolis received a conditional third-round pick for Wentz that can become a second-rounder if he plays 70% of the Commanders' offensive snaps.
Washington, which sits at 2-4, will host the Green Bay Packers in Week 7.