Although Matt Ryan hurt his shoulder, the Indianapolis Colts won’t be switching quarterbacks in Week 8 due to that reason.
Ryan wouldn’t start, the Colts unexpectedly announced on Monday following a defeat to the Tennessee Titans. The team will now turn to quarterback Sam Ehlinger after he was benched.
The news that Ryan had been benched was originally reported by Mike Chappell of FOX59/CBS4 in Indianapolis. Ryan won’t practise this week due to a Grade 2 shoulder separation, according to Zak Keefer of The Athletic. The transition to Ehlinger would have nonetheless taken place, according to Colts coach Frank Reich, and it is intended for him to start the remainder of the campaign.
The Colts’ most recent effort to find a quarterback after Andrew Luck was Ryan. During the offseason, they acquired the veteran quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan tops the NFL with nine interceptions and 11 fumbles combined. In a loss to the Titans on Sunday that put the Colts to 3-3-1, he tossed a costly pick-six.
According to Reich, Ehlinger will start this week’s game against the Washington Commanders, with Nick Foles serving as his backup.
He lacks experience, which contributes to the move to Ehlinger being shocking. Only three NFL games hath he participated in, and he has never attempted a pass during a regular season game. Texas native Ehlinger was selected in the sixth round of the 2021 draught.
A quarterback with 61,743 yards in 229 career games will be replaced by Ehlinger. Every NFL game Ryan has played in has been his starting job. Ryan expressed his anger when the Falcons sought Deshaun Watson in the offseason, and that prompted a trade with the Colts. For him, Indianapolis gave up a third-round draught choice.
Ryan has too many turnovers, despite beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6 with 389 yards and three touchdowns, one of which came with 17 seconds left. The Titans, who are in first place and are 4-2, swept the Colts in the season series, but the Colts are still in the running for the playoffs at 3-3-1.
According to the Indianapolis Star, the Colts guaranteed $12 million of Ryan’s contract for 2023, and releasing him would result in a $18 million cap hit. However, there would be a savings of $17.2 million to make up for that. Considering the news from Monday, it appears likely that the Colts will part ways with Ryan, 37, before the 2022 season and try out yet another quarterback in 2023. Ehlinger might turn out to be the solution.
The Colts are eager to find out at the beginning of this season.
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