There’s more news regarding the talented starting quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts. Will Andrew Luck be ready to go in Week 1?
A year ago, the Indianapolis Colts got off to an extremely slow start. Some of that was due to a new coaching staff. And some of that had to do with the team’s franchise quarterback getting back into the groove after sitting out all of 2017.
When the season wrapped, Andrew Luck would capture NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors. He finished the 2018 season with 4,593 yards through the air and the second-most touchdown passes in the league (39) next to league MVP Patrick Mahomes (50). The Colts would win nine of their final 10 contests and in those outings, the talented signal-caller combined for 23 scores and only seven picks. During the team’s 1-5 start, there were 16 TD passes and eight interceptions.
There was also a moment in a Week 3 loss at Philadelphia when the still-healing hurler was taken out of the game in the closing seconds in favor of backup Jacoby Brissett, who launched a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the contest. Unfortunately, it wasn’t answered that afternoon but Luck would rebound, regain his velocity and lead head coach Frank Reich’s club to the playoffs.
The veteran passer’s health has been been a subject of concern this offseason. He missed OTAs earlier this year with a calf issue. He did not play in the team’s preseason loss at Buffalo on Thursday night. Now comes this news:
So the bigger questions are certainly on the table. When will Luck return to the field? And will the four-time Pro Bowler be the team’s starter for the season opener at Los Angeles against the Chargers on September 8? Is there genuine concern regarding the status of the Colts’ field general?
For what it’s worth, keep in mind that in the four seasons that Luck started all 16 games (2012-14 and ’18), the team posted at least 10 wins and reached the playoffs. When the strong-armed hurler failed to play every game or miss an entire season — as was the case in 2017 — the Colts were on the outside looking in come the postseason. For the sake of the franchise, hopefully the suspense will end sooner than later when it comes to their star quarterback’s status.