Andrew Luck Reportedly Will Play Tonight Against Patriots
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will reportedly start tonight against the New England Patriots:
In fact, Rapoport went as far as to report that Luck could’ve even played in the Colts last game against the Houston Texans had he actually been needed. Of course, the Colts ultimately didn’t end up requiring Luck’s services, as backup Matt Hasselbeck led the team to an impressive 27-20 road victory.
Needless to say, Rapoport’s report only confirms what Colts fans have heard all week. That is, that Luck would indeed play tonight against the team’s arch-nemesis, having shown considerable improvement in practices all week.
All signs have pointed this week that Luck would receive the start behind center, and that now appears to be the case on gameday. On Friday, head coach Chuck Pagano said Luck looked good in practice and had a “good chance” of playing:
"“He looks good right now,” replied Pagano on how Luck practiced Friday. “Good chance (of playing).”"
It’s great news for the Colts because if the team is realistically going to upset the 4-0 Patriots, it’s more than likely going to take a strong performance from a healthy Luck. No disrespect to Hasselbeck, who’s performed great in relief of Luck, but #12–when he’s right, makes this a totally different football team.
With Luck behind center and playing at a high level, the Colts are a contending team and capable of beating anyone. However, they’ll have all they can handle in the Patriots, who have won these two teams last 3 matchups in blowout fashion, including 2 season-ending losses.
The Colts are clearly hoping that this time will be different, aided by the return of their star quarterback.
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