Colts QB Andrew Luck has unexpectedly decided to retire from the NFL and has a press conference set for Sunday to officially announce his decision.
This was absolutely out of nowhere and one of those stories that you almost have to double check that it’s actually Schefter tweeting the news. But it is true. Schefter says Luck has already met with owner Jim Irsay regarding his decision. Luck was not expected to play Week 1, and there was no indication of when he would return. But as it turns out, there will be no return as Schefter reports Luck, 29 years of age, has become mentally worn down. We wish Luck all the best in his retirement. Jacoby Brissett is now officially the starting quarterback in Indianapolis and all other fantasy options for the Colts certainly get bumped down a notch or two.
Keefer went on to tweet that the issue remains a matter of "full speed movement vs. pain threshold" with his ankle. The Colts, ideally, will want to know his status for Week 1 next Monday. That'll be 13 days shy of the season opener, the tweet went on to say.
ESPN NFL writer Dan Graziano shared a video on his Instagram of Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck warming up in individual drills Saturday, prior to the Colts' preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.
Luck did not play Saturday, but this may still be considered a good sign. Or it may amount to nothing. But seeing Luck running a drill before a game at least shows he is working to make progress from whatever injury he is dealing with since the story had appeared to change numerous times as to what he was dealing with. But also, for what it's worth, ESPN's injury expert Stephania Bell commented on Graziano's Instagram post: "I’m going to take it as a sign that he’s testing things. Generally, a positive. Putting the ankle through some very specific structured work to then see how it responds. Would not get carried away with projecting anything beyond this is what he is doing today." Nonetheless, Luck is out partaking in football drills, which is more than we can say from the previous Colts practices.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo says that the team doesn't sound as optimistic as they did earlier in training camp in regard to Andrew Luck's Week 1 status, but do believe they have a better grasp of his injury now. Coach Frank Reich also wants to designate a starter after the Week 3 preseason game, which shortens Luck's time to heal before the season starts.
The timeline puts Jacoby Brissett squarely in the picture to start Week 1 and should knock Andrew Luck down your draft board somewhat. If you've already drafted Luck, Brissett is someone worth grabbing as insurance, but there's also a decent chance you can find a free agent quarterback in most single quarterback leagues.