Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz hasn't yet been vaccinated but he hasn't shut the door on the possiblty of taking the jab. After a Colts staff member tested positive for COVID-19, Wentz was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list for five days.
"It's been a fluid process for me the whole time," Wentz said about not being vaccinated, per ESPN. "As a family, we've been monitoring everything we can, letting it play out as long as we can. This is where we're at today.
Things can change in the next coming weeks. Who knows where this world is going. Who knows where these protocols are going. I'm not going to act like I'm an expert on a vaccine or a virus or anything." Besides Wentz, center Ryan Kelly and wide receiver Zach Pascal also ended up on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
"This happening this week kind of woke us up on the protocol and understanding how this happened and understanding some of the gray areas with the league and making sure we know," Wentz said. "We know what's at stake and how to avoid it."
Wentz not being vaccinated could have consquences during the regular season
"There's consequences to not being vaccinated," Colts general manager Chris Ballard said on Wednesday. "Do I think everybody should be vaccinated? Absolutely.
I'm for the vaccine. [Coach] Frank [Reich] is for the vaccine. We have a lot of guys on our team who are for the vaccine. Is it 100% perfect? No. But it's a good thing. "It can help you from ending up in the hospital in a critical situation.
And it helps stop some of the spread, and those are positive things. But for the guys who have chosen to not get vaccinated, they still understand they're still part of this team. It's their decision, but they're still part of our team and they have to take care of the team."
However, Wentz insists Ballard and head coach Frank Reich have been open and respectful to the players about the need to be vaccinated. "They've been great," Wentz said. "We're all smart. Competitively, they want everybody to [get vaccinated], and I get it and I respect the heck out of those guys.
They tell us the facts, they tell us their opinions. But there's no pressure. It's said in the right way. We know what's at stake. We know as a team where we want to go, and we know some of these things can hinder if we let them and that's why we have to do everything we can not to let it be a distraction and be on top of it with the protocol."