Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 11. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start against the Falcons. In two appearances, he has completed 48-of-76 passes (63.2%) for 495 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s a streaming option in Week 11.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney) missed practice again Thursday. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start against the Falcons. In two appearances, he has completed 48-of-76 passes (63.2%) for 495 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s a streaming option in Week 11.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney) did not practice Wednesday. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start against the Falcons. In two appearances, he has completed 48-of-76 passes (63.2%) for 495 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s a streaming option in Week 11.
But Luck was still a topic of discussion.
Coach Chuck Pagano finally addressed the elephant in the room: The fact that Luck, according to the Colts, was injured while scrambling in the open field versus the Denver Broncos last week. His reluctance to avoid contact — and his preference to take on defenders — could have contributed to his sustaining a lacerated kidney.
And, that, Pagano said, simply can't happen.
"We're going to talk every day until he figures it out and we figure it out as a team," Pagano said. "He knows full well that he can't do that. He can't put himself and this team in jeopardy. You love the grit, and you love the toughness and all that stuff. But playing the position like a linebacker? You can't."
Luck absorbed a direct shot to his midsection from Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan on the play on which the Colts said he was injured. It was a second-and-9 play, and Luck was well short of the first down, gaining just four yards. Yet he still barreled forward, choosing not to slide and take advantage of the protections afforded NFL quarterbacks. Luck owners probably love the bonus of few points worth of rushing yards, but not at the expense of longterm injuries. Luck often chooses not to slide feet first to give himself up.
Andrew Luck's roller coaster season has taken a turn for the worse.
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that Luck will miss 2-6 weeks with a lacerated kidney and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle. The team says the injuries will not require surgery and a full recovery is expected.
"It's way too early to guess how long Andrew will be out," said coach Chuck Pagano. "We're going to keep listening to the doctors and evaluating his progress on a week by week basis. We've got all the confidence in the world in Matt Hasselbeck and we're not going to put Andrew back out there until he's healed and ready to go."
The injury was suffered early in the fourth quarter against the Broncos, the team announced. Luck amazingly stayed in the game and helped the team finish off a victory.
The time frame isn't set in stone based on Pagano's quote, and a six-week timetable puts him back in Week 15. The Colts have a quality backup quarterback in Hasselbeck, but it's still going to be a downgrade for the Colt skill players. It's possible the Colts turn to the run game a little more, and they do have some potentially favorable matchups in that span. Hasselbeck played very well when Luck had a shoulder injury, and the Colts play in a weak division, so it's very possible Luck isn't shut down for the season. But as the story said, the timing is especially cruel as Luck is coming off his best performance of the year against the top-ranked Broncos defense.
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm
Chud brings ample NFL offensive experience to the coordinator position. From 2012-2013, Chudzinski was the coordinator in Carolina for Cam Newton’s first two NFL seasons. With Newton, Chud helped the Panthers offense go from the worst unit in the NFL in 2010 to a top-10 offense the next two seasons.
In earlier NFL stops, Chud worked with the tight ends in Cleveland and San Diego.
Chud arrived in Indianapolis last season after he spent 2013 as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns (4-12 record).
With the Colts, Chud has been a special assistant and is the current associate head coach. His duties have spanned both sides of the football during his two seasons in Indianapolis.
Chuck Pagano is very familiar with Chud, the story went on to say. The two served together on the University of Miami coaching staff in the late 1990s. Chud played a part in recruiting and coaching both Frank Gore and Andre Johnson at “The U”. That could be good news in terms of getting those players going from a fantasy perspective. At this point in the season, it's hard to expect a lot of change for the offense and it could be a move Pagano was forced to make to save his head coaching job.
Andrew Luck's recent struggles are well documented. We now know one reason why he's been playing differently this season.
Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Luck suffered multiple fractured ribs at the same time he suffered the shoulder injury that caused him to miss Weeks 4 and 5. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed through Colts and league sources that Luck suffered a rib injury that he received treatment on. Colts sources say he would not have missed any practice time because of the rib injury, and that he's fully recovered now. Luck has not been listed on the injury report with the rib injury at any stage this season.
"Our injury reports are accurate. If people have any questions about player injuries, they should refer to our injury reports," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement.
Rapoport reported that the Colts have previously been in communication with the league on the shoulder injury. Teams that do not properly disclose injuries are subject to fines.
This news perhaps does help to explain some of Luck's struggles this year. Fractured ribs will go a long way toward altering a throwing motion and making a quarterback get rid of the ball sooner than he wants to. Both of these issues have been hallmarks of Luck during his early 2015 to forget.
Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:15pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 6. Luck is expected to play in Week 6, though it’s no sure thing. He’s been pretty shaky this season, but should produce QB1 numbers against the Patriots, provided he stays healthy. The Colts play on Sunday night.
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:18pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Luck is expected to play in Week 6, though it’s no sure thing. He’s been pretty shaky this season, but should produce QB1 numbers against the Patriots, provided he stays healthy. The Colts play on Sunday night.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:20pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (right shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Luck is expected to play in Week 6. He’s been pretty shaky this season, but should produce QB1 numbers against the Patriots, provided he stays healthy.
And if you were looking for more clarity from Luck himself, it wasn’t there either.
“It feels better every day,” Luck said after whatever he did, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. “It was great to go through practice without limitations, in a sense, and get out there and throw. It was better.”
That “without limitations” part is the key here. But as the story pointed out, Chuck Pagano said he had “supreme confidence” each of the last two weeks, while Luck has missed those games.
The Indianapolis Colts' quarterback situation is looking much less dire than a week ago.
Luck missed the past two contests with an injured shoulder and has been out or limited in practice the past couple of weeks. Hasselbeck battled a bacterial infection last week before guiding the Colts to a win on Thursday night.
With no media access and no injury report, what exactly "full participant" means at this point is amorphous, the story pointed out, but it's a positive sign that Luck is on his way back to the starting lineup.
It's a big step back from a scoring standpoint, though T.Y. Hilton (13 targets last week) and Donte Moncrief (9) should still get their opportunities in the passing game, and Indianapolis may have to throw more since it's no longer the favorite to win the game. It's a slight downgrade for Frank Gore, though his value in PPR leagues gets a boost since Hasselbeck targeted him seven times last week, a season high. The Texans defense gets a big bump with Hasselbeck under center. Not only is he starting on a short week, but he's been in the hospital as recently as Tuesday morning, fighting a virus.
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