The 2015 NFL season was supposed to be Andrew Luck’s best as a pro. Unfortunately, Luck’s ascension to the top of the NFL hasn’t gone as planned. On Wednesday, the Indianapolis Colts announced that Luck is dealing with a right shoulder injury. Currently, he’s day-to-day, but head coach Chuck Pagano believes Luck will be in the lineup on Sunday.
According to NFL.com, Pagano stated, “I wouldn’t bet against 12, ever.” As of now, he has “supreme confidence” Luck will start and finish the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Of course, Luck was in full agreement with the head coach.
However, the injury concerns won’t die down just yet. Luck wasn’t a participant in the majority of Wednesday’s practice. As NFL.com notes, it’s hard to get Andrew Luck off the field, whether it’s practice or a game. Therefore, the concerns for Luck’s playing status are valid.
After three games, the Colts are struggling with a (1-2) record, and they needed a two-point conversion stop to earn a victory over the Tennessee Titans. Luck already has five touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. Part of the problem is the lack of pass protection up front. Luck’s already been sacked five times this season, and that doesn’t account for the numerous hits when he barely avoided the pass rush. With all that said, it’s imperative for the Colts to keep him healthy. Otherwise, the Colts won’t be vying for the AFC championship, let alone a Super Bowl title.
There were rumors Luck hurt his shoulder in one of the first two games, but Pagano denies it. When asked how their franchise quarterback hurt his shoulder, Pagano responded with “pick one of them.” It’s a telling sign for a team that can’t protect their QB.