Colts Lose Andrew Luck to Lacerated Kidney
The Indianapolis Colts’ trying 2015 season got a little more difficult on Monday. Per reports, star quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to miss the next 2-6 weeks due to a lacerated kidney.
Luck reportedly suffered the injury on a late fourth quarter run in the Colts’ close win over the Denver Broncos, but stayed in to finish the game. A closer look at Luck’s injury showed the kidney laceration, as well as a partial tear of an abdomen muscle.
And the adversity doesn’t stop for the Colts. Andrew Luck out two-to-six weeks due to a kidney laceration.
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) November 10, 2015
Blows don’t come harder than this, while the 2-6 week timeline is balancing between ambitious and vague. Indianapolis has already said they will take their time with their prized franchise passer, who had been struggling in the first half of the season but seemed to be putting things together in the big week nine win.
This isn’t Luck’s first run-in with health issues in 2015, as he sat out a handful of games earlier in the year due to a shoulder issue. The team went 2-0 while he was sidelined, with veteran passer Matt Hasselbeck leading the way.
Indianapolis will once again turn to Hasselbeck to guide the offense, and despite the awful news, remains very much alive in the AFC playoff chase.
The Colts don’t look like a Super Bowl contender at the moment – let alone a playoff team – but fans and NFL bettors alike need to keep a few things in mind. For one, the 4-5 Colts don’t even need to finish the year with a winning record to make the playoffs. They just need to beat out the likes of the Texans, Jaguars and Titans. With a record better than all three of those teams inside the AFC South, Indy is in much better shape without Luck than some may think.
The other key note is Luck’s projected time away from the field. While a lacerated kidney is serious and even the abdominal tear alone could keep him out for a few weeks, his low-end timeline is two weeks for a reason. The Colts won’t rush their star quarterback back before he’s ready, but it’s entirely possible he avoids a serious issue and returns by the beginning of December.
Lastly, even if Luck is out for the full six weeks, he could still potentially return in time to push Indy atop the division and into the playoffs. Once in, anything can happen for a team that just got a huge win and played in the AFC title game a season ago. For now, Matt Hasselbeck just has to keep the Colts in the hunt.
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