Colts Place Quarterback Andrew Luck on Injured Reserve
The 2017 season has been one to forget for the Indianapolis Colts. The team has been dogged with questions regarding the health of quarterback Andrew Luck since the end of last season, and we now finally have a resolution. On Thursday, the Colts announced that they have placed Luck on injured reserve, ending his season.
Luck did not play in a game this season after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum on his throwing shoulder back in January. While he is disappointed to have not recovered in time to contribute this season, Luck told ESPN that he is optimistic about his future.
Luck said, “I wish I was better and 100 percent this season, but that’s not the case. I know I’ll be better from this. I know I’ll be a better quarterback, teammate, person, and player from this, and I’m excited for the future.”
Details regarding Luck’s health have been murky since training camp, and he reportedly sought additional opinions earlier this week regarding why his shoulder has not improved. The Colts gave Luck a cortisone shot to help with pain two weeks ago, but no improvement has been made in the meantime.
New Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Thursday that the team has yet to hear from a doctor regarding whether Luck’s shoulder issue is career ending. Doctors have previously told the team to be patient with Luck’s recovery and rehabilitation process.
Luck practiced back on October 4th for the first time this season, but it was just his fourth practice overall since December of 2016. In 15 games last season, the former No. 1 overall pick threw for better than 2,400 yards along with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also ran for another 341 yards with two scores.
Other Options for Indy
The Colts attempted to sign quarterback Nate Sudfeld off of the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad earlier this week before Philly promoted Sudfeld to the 53-man active roster in order to avoid losing him. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Colts had veterans Josh Johnson, Matt McGloin, Connor Shaw and Matt Barkley in for a workout.
Scott Tolzien started the Colts’ season opener in Luck’s place before being replaced by former New England Patriots backup Jacoby Brissett. Brissett was acquired by the Colts in exchange for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett before the beginning of the season.
Brissett has completed better than 60 percent of his passes for 1,642 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions for Indy so far this season. He has also rushed for another three scores.
The Colts are just 2-6 on the season without their franchise quarterback, which is good for dead last in the AFC South. Indy has lost all four of their road games to this point, and they’ll face the 3-4 Houston Texans this Sunday away from home. The Colts come into the game having lost three straight contests at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals.
Indy’s only two wins of the season have come over the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. The Browns and 49ers have a combined record of 0-16 this season.
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