The Washington Commanders learned Monday that they will be without starting quarterback Carson Wentz for the next several weeks due to a finger injury.
It sounds like Taylor Heinicke will take Wentz's place behind center.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that Heinicke, who started 15 games for the Commanders last season, will lead the offense in Wentz's absence.
"It'll be Taylor Heinicke for the #Commanders with these four games on deck:
at #Eagles" -- Mike Garafolo
Wentz is expected to miss four to six weeks due to a fractured ring finger on his throwing hand. The Commanders will face the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles in their next four games. The team does not have a bye until Week 14.
Heinicke completed 65 percent of his passes and threw 20 touchdowns versus 15 interceptions last season. Washington went 7-8 in games that he started. He could have a chance to stake a claim to the starting job even when Wentz returns if he performs well, as Wentz has struggled at times this season.
Fifth-round rookie Sam Howell is expected to back up Heinicke.