Chris Ballard: Andrew Luck Will Not be Placed on the PUP List


The daily Andrew Luck updates continue as general manager Chris Ballard tells the media Luck will not be on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

There is both good news and bad news in the latest report regarding Andrew Luck.

After reported “rumblings” that the Colts may place Luck on the PUP list to begin the regular season, Chris Ballard told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that the reserve/PUP list is not an option for Luck.

Being placed on the PUP list would force Luck to miss at least the Colts’ first six games of the season. Safety Clayton Geathers is already on the regular season PUP list, and the Colts cannot afford to lose Luck for that amount of time.

However, the bad news is that Ballard told Pelissero that Luck’s status for Week 1 is still undetermined. This is the first time a member of the Colts’ front office or coaching staff has questioned whether Luck will miss any regular season games.

We’ve obviously discussed the Andrew Luck situation at length this offseason, and the conversation may continue into the regular season.

Chuck Pagano just told the media yesterday that there is “no timeline” set for Luck’s return to the field as the Colts continue to be cautious with his recovery.

The Colts’ backup quarterback situation is one of the worst in the NFL, and it may be put to the test this season.

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The Colts travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in Week 1. LA has one of the league’s fiercest defensive fronts, and Wade Phillips’ unit will cause trouble for whoever is starting under center for Indianapolis.

While no one knows anything certain about Andrew Luck’s status, this latest report casts a dark shadow over his ability to begin the regular season.