Indianapolis Colts quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the former University of Texas star who has been bidding for NFL playing time this summer despite being just a rookie, exited the team's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions with a knee injury and did not return.
"It didn't look good," Colts coach Frank Reich said of the injury and its potential seriousness.
Then, later Saturday afternoon, reports surfaced of the prognosis of Ehlinger's injury, with the former Longhorn set to miss 5-6 weeks with a knee sprain.
Jacob Eason will now assume the starting role, should Carson Wentz be unavailable week one.
The rookie Ehlinger was 3-of-3 for 63 yards before exiting the game.
Ehlinger, a sixth-round pick, has been in competition with Jacob Eason for the No. 2 QB job behind Carson Wentz, the Colts' high-profile trade acquisition from the Philadelphia Eagles. And Wentz has been battling a foot injury himself, leaving Ehlinger even more time to possibly even serve as Indy's No. 1 QB should he excel over Easton.
Indeed, even in this game, before forced to leave due to injury, Ehlinger executed a series of highlights, including a second-quarter play during which he cleverly escaped the rush and unleashed a deep ball to teammate Dezmon Patmon for a 60-yard gain.
Texas to Land No. 1 TE Duce Robinson Per Recruiting Expert
Texas Longhorns Recruiting Tracker: Check back often as we keep you up-to-date on Longhorns news as Texas looks to improve on an already impressive class
No. 10 Longhorns Stave Off No. 11 Baylor Behind 21 from Sir'Jabari Rice
The Texas Longhorns entered Monday's meeting with the Baylor Bears looking for a major bounce-back chance after arguably their worst loss of the season on Saturday.
No. 10 Longhorns vs. No. 11 Baylor: Live In-Game Updates
The No. 10 Texas Longhorns will host the No. 11 Baylor Bears Monday at the Moody Center.
The Colts defeated the Lions 27-17, completing their first undefeated preseason since 1994. Wentz did not play in the game but is optimistic he will be ready for Week 1 of the NFL regular season.
With Wentz not totally ready and with Ehlinger out, the Colts opted to make sure Eason is healthy for Week 1 by having Brett Hundley finish the game and handle mop-up duty.
Ideally, it would have been a good time for Ehlinger to get more reps, even if he is destined to just be the Colts' No. 3 guy. But for now? It's more about an injury than it is about a competition.
Want the latest in breaking news and insider information on the Longhorns? Click Here
Want to join in on the discussion? Click here to become a member of the Longhorns Country message board community today!