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Quenton Nelson to undergo foot surgery, could be out up to 12 weeks

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich reports that 3x first team All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson will undergo foot surgery ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

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As we inch closer to Week 1 of the NFL preseason, the Indianapolis Colts continue to see injuries mount for the offense. 2018’s No. 6 overall pick and three-time first-team All-Pro left guard, Quenton Nelson, suffered a foot injury in Monday’s practice and will undergo surgery Tuesday afternoon.

The timing of the news is unfortunate, as starting QB Carson Wentz just underwent the same surgical procedure on Monday to correct an aggravation of a previous foot injury. They will both be out between 5 to 12 weeks, which will, at the very least, keep them out of the preseason, though neither has yet been formally ruled out for Week 1.

ESPN projects 2020 fifth-round draft selection Danny Pinter slated as the backup at left guard, who has had one career start thus far. His one and only start was at the center position in Week 12 of his rookie season, replacing injured center Ryan Kelly, who was out with a neck injury. In that outing, Pinter allowed two pressures but was rated PFF’s most highly grated run-blocker. Given the high stock fantasy football managers will likely be investing in second-year running back Jonathan Taylor, there will be plenty rooting for his success until Nelson makes a return to the field.