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Sam Ehlinger, the Colts’ rookie quarterback, is taking first-team reps.

Soon after starting quarterback Carson Wentz of the Indianapolis Colts underwent “very successful” surgery to heal a foot injury that could keep him out until the start of the regular season, Colts coach Frank Reich stated that 2020 fourth-round draft pick Jacob Eason would be the team’s starting quarterback until Wentz recovers.
It appears like a lot can happen in a week.
Sam Ehlinger, a rookie and sixth-round draft pick, had reps with the Indy first-team offense on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Mike Wells and NFL Media.
“Jacob (Eason) didn’t do anything illegal,” Reich clarified.
“We decided to split it up because this is a meritocracy and Sam (Ehlinger) has looked good.”
The good news is that they both appeared to be in top form today.
“We’ll continue to divide those reps,” Reich said, adding that Eason “will probably start” against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, while Ehlinger “will probably come in whenever” later in the game.
While Wentz is out, Wells believes Eason has held on to the football in the pocket for too long in some circumstances and hasn’t done enough to solidify his status atop the depth chart.
If neither Eason nor Ehlinger appear capable of guiding the Colts to regular-season victories by the end of the month, the team may pursue a trade for a proven commodity like current Chicago Bears quarterback and former Wentz backup Nick Foles.