Jim Irsay: Andrew Luck is “Good to Go” Regarding Kidney Injury
According to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, his star quarterback Andrew Luck is “good to go” after missing a significant portion of this past season with a lacerated kidney:
"“We have continued to monitor that with the kidney doctors and he is good to go,” Irsay said on Tuesday. “He’s healed. He’s really looking forward to a great offseason and getting ready. If we were playing in the Super Bowl he’d be ready to go.”"
The injury cost Luck the team’s final 7 games, and in his absence, the Colts limped to an 8-8 finish–failing to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season.
The 4th-year veteran suffered the injury while scrambling on a play in Week 9 against the Denver Broncos and missed the remainder of the season recovering.
While veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck filled in admirably, the Colts couldn’t quite muster enough wins to stay atop the AFC South and earn a playoff birth–losing 3 of their final 5 games including a clinching home loss against the Houston Texans that effectively sealed their fate.
It’s worth noting that Hasselbeck struggled staying healthy too–playing behind a patchwork offensive line. In fact, three more quarterbacks ended up having to finish out the season: Charlie Whitehurst, Josh Freeman, and Ryan Lindley before it was all said and done.
Fortunately for the Colts, it looks as though Luck will be firmly under center this offseason during the team’s training camp and offseason training programs in anticipation for next year’s regular season.