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Colts make stunning Matt Ryan decision

Matt Ryan warms up before a game

Oct 16, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jenna Watson-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts are making a shocking move at quarterback ahead of Week 8.

The Colts announced Monday that they will start Sam Ehlinger on Sunday against the Washington Commanders ahead of Matt Ryan. This would be Ehlinger’s first career start. Coach Frank Reich revealed that while Ryan is battling a shoulder injury, the plan is for Ehlinger to start for the remainder of the season even if Ryan is healthy.

This is a real shocker seven weeks into the season. Ryan arrived in Indianapolis with a lot of fanfare during the offseason, but his play with the Colts has been inconsistent. The 37-year-old has gone 3-3-1 so far, with nine touchdowns and a league-worst nine interceptions. The play around him has not been great, but Ryan has failed to elevate the offense despite the optimism that surrounded his arrival.

Ehlinger, a sixth-round pick in the 2021 draft, has yet to throw a pass in a regular season game. If the Colts are starting him, they must feel really down on Ryan, or they simply do not think they’re going anywhere this year and feel they have nothing to lose by making a change.


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