Andrew Luck Reportedly ‘Fully Healthy’ Now
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is apparently ‘fully healthy’ now after reportedly battling shoulder and rib injuries earlier this season:
In fact, Rapoport clarified that Luck was actually fully healthy in Monday night’s loss to the Carolina Panthers despite speculation to the contrary:
This would make sense too, as Luck struggled heavily through the 1st 3 quarters of play before inexplicably turning it on late in the game in a valiant comeback attempt. Players don’t just miraculously heal through the course of the game, and Luck showed that he can still play a high level leading his team back from 17 points down.
Nov 2, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) runs the ball during overtime against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina defeated Indianapolis 29-26 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
If true, it shows that Luck’s struggles could be just as much mental, as they have been physical. While the shoulder and rib injuries have likely hindered his throwing ability, it doesn’t fully account for Luck locking onto his receivers and refusal to progress through reads.
Either way, Luck will have to learn on the fly a bit on a short week against the Denver Broncos, as he’ll have a new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski performing the play-calling.
So far, Luck has struggled this season with 13 touchdowns to 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 71.6.
However, if he can return to his 4th quarter form in Monday night’s loss, he’s demonstrated that he still has what it takes to play like an elite quarterback. Fully healthy or not.