Carson Wentz Activated from COVID-19 List, Expected to Start for Colts vs. Raiders

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The Indianapolis Colts will likely have their starting quarterback available against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.

The Colts announced Saturday that they have activated the player from the reserve list and he will start Sunday.

It was thought that Indy would not have an unvaccinated player after he was placed on the COVID-19 list. With the CDC changing its recommendation for isolation from 10 days to 5 days for those who test positive for COVID-19, it's possible that Wentz will be activated before Sunday's game.

Sam Ehlinger would have had to make his first career start for the Colts if Wentz had been ruled out.

While much of Indianapolis' success this season has been fueled by Jonathan Taylor and a talented defense, the resurgence of Wentz has been a big part of the Colts' success.

The Philadelphia Eagles made Wentz the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and he was leading the MVP conversation in the year before he got injured.

His time with the Eagles ended last season. In 12 starts last season, the quarterback threw for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdown and an NFL-high 15 picks.

The Eagles decided to trade him to the Colts after he lost his starting job to Hurts.

The combination of Frank Reich and Wentz has been successful in Indianapolis.

In 15 games this season, he has started and gone 9-6, completing 62.8 percent of his passes for 3,230 yards, 25 touchdown and six interceptions.

The Colts may have been able to beat the Raiders without Wentz by simply pounding the rock with Taylor, but Ehlinger's inexperience also could have cost Indy.

The Colts need the Raiders to lose to them in order to have a chance to win the division, but they only need to beat the Raiders to do that.

The Colts have a chance to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row if they can keep playing like they have all season long.