Monday, August 15, 2016, 4:29pm
That’s the plan for now at least. That’s because we’ve seen anything can happen when it comes to Luck and the Colts.
Most people thought Luck would play a series or two against Buffalo last weekend.
Owner Jim Irsay had other ideas. He tweeted out about two before kickoff that Luck would sit the game out and took a subtle shot at Bills coach Rex Ryan’s aggressive approach in the preseason.
But there’s bad news for those wanting to see quarterback Andrew Luck in his first action since early November: Luck won’t play in tonight’s game, according to team owner Jim Irsay.
Irsay just sent out a tweet that saying as much: “Colts Fans; it's a long Pre-Season and 2 Home Games are coming in the next 2 Weeks. Look for #12 to make 1st Start then instead of tonight.”
Luck, when speaking to reporters on Thursday, seemed as if he expected to play, the story said. Coach Chuck Pagano singled out specific players who had been ruled out but did not mention Luck.
In 22 games over the past two seasons with a healthy Andrew Luck, Hilton has averaged 5.1 catches for 86 yards and 0.45 TD. Those are fringe WR1 numbers in PPR formats and solid WR1 numbers in standard leagues. With Luck back under center, Hilton should have a bounce back season after finishing #22 in both formats last year.
It's safe to say New Orleans Saints tight end Coby Fleener is still trying to learn the nuances of playing with Drew Brees after playing with the same quarterback for his entire college and NFL career in Andrew Luck.
Brees is still learning Fleener's game, of course. Yet Fleener seems well aware of who's the boss and it's more about learning Brees than vice versa.
"There's absolutely some catching up to do on my part," Fleener said after Day 4 of training camp practices Sunday at The Greenbrier. "Drew can write the playbook if he wanted to. He's just that well versed in what we're doing.
The last two days displayed how quickly the two are coming along the story said. It added Brees connected with Fleener on a few intermediate routes in team drills, and also a one-armed grab with a ball thrown behind him in team drills. On Sunday, Brees hit Fleener perfectly on a deep seam route for a long touchdown connection.
There's reason to believe Andrew Luck was never fully healthy at any point in a disappointing 2015 season.
He missed two early-season games with an injury to his throwing shoulder, played through torn cartilage in two of his ribs and went down with a lacerated kidney at midseason.
Going all the way back to the season opener we saw a quarterback with waning arm strength and shaky pocket presence, suggesting Luck was hiding an injury he never revealed.
"Personally, I know I wasn't playing well, whether I was injured or not," Luck recently acknowledged to the Indianapolis Star. "I have some thoughts, but I don't want to share them. I wasn't doing a good job and it's no one else's fault but mine."
Luck said he feels as good as ever coming into a training camp. He should bounce back nicely this season, and we're thinking he ends up a top-five QB.
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 4:13pm
When it comes to NFL quarterback contracts, a rising tide doesn’t necessarily lift all boats. Just ask Ryan Fitzpatrick, who gained no leverage from contracts given to players like Sam Bradford (two years, $35 million) and Brock Osweiler (four years, $72 million). Ultimately, a quarterback’s value is driven not by what others have gotten, but by what anyone will pay this specific player.
Fitzpatrick, despite the Bradford, Osweiler, and now Andrew Luck deals, can’t get eight figures per year from the Jets, or anything close to that from anyone else. Next year, that same problem could apply to Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
The story went on to say Taylor is due to earn $3 million this year, which when it comes to quarterbacks isn’t peanuts but pressed peanut sweepings. For Taylor, his value next year likely will be driven by the market for mid-level quarterbacks, if anyone out there chooses to pay him a mid-level contract, which currently is in the range of $15 million per year. Luck’s new contract doesn’t change that.
The Colts announced Wednesday that Luck has signed an extension through the 2021 season that will make him the highest-paid player in the NFL, based on guaranteed salary.
Go get that money, Andrew.
Monday, April 18, 2016, 1:56pm
Andrew Luck’s return to being full-go?
It’s something Colts fans never saw in the final two months of the 2015 season.
Luck’s return though has a target date, one that marks the beginning of the team's 2016 offseason program.
“April 18th, he should be ready to roll,” Chuck Pagano said of Luck during this week’s NFL Combine.
Luck was the #22 QB through the first three weeks before hitting the injury report in Week 4 with a shoulder injury. By the time his season ended in Week 9, he was the #16 QB in total fantasy points and owned the #13 per game average. This was disappointing production given his top-overall finish in 2014 and his previous production (#8 in 2012, #6 in 2013). He should bounce back into the top 5 assuming he stays healthy.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney, out) took limited practice reps all week and is out for Week 17. Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder, rib, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. We don’t know who will start for the Colts.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder, rib) did not practice Wednesday. Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney) took limited practice reps Wednesday. If Luck and Hasselbeck are out, Stephen Morris will get the start.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
Via Mike Chappel of IndySportsCentral.com, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Luck will not play this week at Miami.
It’s not a surprise, as Luck recovers from a lacerated kidney. Pagano said he’d hold out the chance Luck could play in the regular season finale if he’s able to see him practice, the story said. With 40-year-old backup Matt Hasselbeck “beat up from the feet up” in Pagano’s words, it might come down to Charlie Whitehurst at some point, the story added.
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