Andrew Luck suffered a setback in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery, and he’ll continue to sit out this week as Colts fans are left to wonder about the future of their franchise quarterback.
Andrew Luck practiced in a limited fashion for two straight weeks before he was forced to shut it down due to complications and soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder. He needed a cortisone shot to ease the pain, and it is just the latest problem in the 10 months since he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Head coach Chuck Pagano began this week’s preparation for the Houston Texans by announcing that Andrew Luck will continue to sit out practice, and he will obviously not be available for Sunday’s game.
"“We’re going to exhaust all resources because the best interest is the player and his longterm (health), and we’ve said that,” said the Colts’ head coach. “It’s for the next 10-12 years for this guy, for any player. So before we put any player out there, we’re going to make sure he’s right.”"
Pagano continued by saying “nothing has changed” in that Luck will play this season if he is fully healthy, but they are proceeding with extreme caution.
"“We’re just trying to get him healthy right now,” said Pagano. “We’re not going to force the issue and put somebody out there that’s not ready. Obviously he’s not ready yet.”"
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Jacoby Brissett will continue to lead this team under center as the 23-year-old quarterback has gained valuable experience in Luck’s absence this season.
Sunday’s loss to the the Bengals drops the Colts’ record to 2-6 on the season, and provided a huge blow to any slim hopes of contending for a spot in the postseason.
It would probably be wise for Indianapolis to simply tell Luck to sit this season out as they focus on the development of the rest of their roster for the final eight games of 2017.