In a shocking turn of events, the Indianapolis Colts decided Monday to bench quarterback Matt Ryan in favor of Sam Ehlinger.
While Ryan is reportedly suffering from a shoulder injury, information surfacing today appears to state that the switch will remain in effect even if Ryan is cleared to play.
Sharing his response to twitter this afternoon, Kirk Herbstreit only needed one word to describe his thoughts on the Colts' quarterback situation.
"Wow," Herbstreit tweeted Monday in response to the Colts benching Matt Ryan for Sam Ehlinger.
Matt Ryan was Indianapolis' hand-picked selection to replace Carson Wentz in 2022. After trading Wentz to Washington after the 2021 season for two third-round picks, the Colts used one of those picks to acquire Ryan from Atlanta.
Unfortunately for Indianapolis, the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback hasn't played up to the standards they'd set for him coming into the year. In seven games this season, Ryan has led the Colts to a 3-3-1 record while throwing the same amount of interceptions (9) as touchdowns.
It will now be up to former sixth-round pick and University of Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger to prove why he should remain the starter for Indianapolis moving forward.
Ehlinger and the Colts will host the Washington Commanders in Week 8.