Wentz not ready; Heinicke set to start again for Commanders

Nov 16, 2022, 12:20 AM | Updated: 2:25 pm
Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke celebrates after an NFL football game against the...

Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke celebrates after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia. The commanders won 32-21. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

              Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) looks to make a pass during the first half of a NFL football game between the Washington Commanders and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 in Landover, Md. (Shaban Athuman/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)
            
              Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) works in the pocket against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
            
              Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
            
              Washington Commanders quarterback Taylor Heinicke (4) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Taylor Heinicke is set to start at quarterback again for the Washington Commanders when they visit the Houston Texans on Sunday, coach Ron Rivera said.

Carson Wentz did not take part in the team’s walkthrough Wednesday. Rivera said Wentz has been cleared to throw but has not been designated to return to practice after having surgery to repair a broken finger on his throwing hand.

Wentz, who worked out on an outdoor practice field, would have be eligible to return this week after spending the past four weeks on injured reserve. Instead, Washington will keep rolling with Heinicke, who is 3-1 since replacing Wentz as the starter.

The Commanders are in the thick of the NFC wild-card race at 5-5 after Heinicke helped them beat previously unbeaten Philadelphia on Monday night.

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