Andrew Luck is injured and there is a fear it is worse than the Colts are saying

Andrew Luck has been listed as questionable for the Colt’s Sunday game against the Jaguars, and there’s increasing worry that Luck might be more injured that he and the Colts are letting on.

Luck took almost no reps this week in practice and was officially listed as “limited.” This isn’t especially out of the ordinary for banged-up quarterbacks (though it’s certainly not ideal), and then today he made no appearance at practice whatsoever. As Colts’ beat writer Stephen Holder notes, it’s extremely rare for players who miss Friday practice to play on Sunday.

Then, after practice today during his press conference, Colts’ head coach Chuck Pagano listed Luck as “questionable” but said he “absolutely” expects him to play.

 

Today, news also broke that the Colts had signed veteran quarterback Josh Johnson. Both Pagano’s confusing presser and the signing of Johnson seem to be pointing toward Luck missing his first football game since his freshman year at Stanford, all the way back in 2009.  If Luck is sidelined, 40-year-old Matt Hasselback would make his first NFL start since 2012. 

It’s not clear how Luck sustained this injury —  or, frankly, what the injury really is —  but a clip from last weekend’s game against the Titans doesn’t look great:

Now, Bleacher Report writer Mike Freeman tweeted last Sunday that many people around the league think Luck is injured, which would suggest he’s also been playing injured all season long.

Considering how poorly the Colts’ offensive line has protected Luck so far this season, and how sub-par Luck’s performances have been, this certainly sounds plausible. If there’s any consolation for the Colts, it’s that they can probably still beat the Jaguars on Sunday, even without Luck. 

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