Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke will start Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers after Carson Wentz underwent surgery for a broken ring finger, head coach Ron Rivera announced. tuesday.
Rookie Sam Howell will be Heinicke’s backup, Rivera added.
Wentz underwent surgery Monday in Los Angeles and while the team did not disclose a timeline for his return, a source told Jeremy Fowler ofESPN that Wentz had been told by doctors that they were considering a four-week absence.
Wentz fractured his right ring finger in the Commanders’ 12-7 win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.
Heinicke started 15 games last season, throwing 20 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions. His legs could provide a spark for an attack that needs it. The Commanders scored a total of 55 points in their first two games, but only 47 in the next four.
In six games, Wentz had 1,489 yards with 10 touchdowns — tied for fifth in the NFL — and six interceptions, the league’s third-highest total. Wentz’s efficiency rating is 36.0.
The team traded three draft picks for Wentz and a second-round pick in 2022. The Commanders sacrificed their second- and third-round picks in 2022 as well as a conditional pick in 2023 that will be a second-round pick if Wentz participates in 70% of Commanders’ offensive plays.