Colts Reportedly ‘Plan’ For Andrew Luck to Play Thursday Night
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Indianapolis Colts “plan” on star quarterback Andrew Luck playing in Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans:
Luck missed his 1st career start on Sunday, as he’s been nursing a sore throwing shoulder. However, as Rapoport notes, it isn’t expected to be a long-term injury, as there reportedly is no structural damage.
Nevertheless, the Colts may plan on Luck playing, but as we saw last week, plans can quickly change. Earlier last week, head coach Chuck Pagano was “supremely confident” that Luck would play against the Jaguars on Sunday. However, after demonstrating a considerable lack of arm strength this past weekend, the team brass opted to rest their star quarterback on Sunday.
During his postgame press conference on Sunday, Pagano explained the team’s decision-making and evaluation process:
"“When Andrew came over here this morning, and we woke up this morning, and he wasn’t quite there and didn’t have the arm strength and all of that stuff, we decided to go with Matt (Hasselbeck),” said Pagano postgame Sunday.“He made progress all week,” added Pagano. “He made progress and so we’re going to continue. He’s getting treatment right now. He’ll work out tomorrow, and we’ll take it day-to-day and see where he’s at.”"
While the Colts narrowly escaped the Jacksonville Jaguars at home–winning 16-13 in overtime, the team will likely face a far tougher task against the Houston Texans on the road come Thursday night.
If Luck cannot go, Matt Hasselbeck will make his 2nd consecutive start for the Colts and to his credit, he performed well on Sunday. However, there’s no question that the team would rather have Luck under center if at all possible.
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