Colts put Andrew Luck on IR

Taylor Byrd
November 4, 2017

The Indianapolis Colts announced Thursday they are placing their franchise quarterback on injured reserve, meaning Luck won't play or practice for the rest of the 2017 season.

Luck, who missed the 2017 offseason workout program, training camp, preseason and the first few weeks of the regular season, was able to return to practice, albeit in a very limited role, on October 4 and 6, when he went through individual drills and threw some routes to receivers against air. Luck will shut down his throwing and continue his rehab.

Although the Colts are optimistic about Luck's eventual return to the field, many fans are frustrated.

Not having Luck play this season should speed up the rebuilding process for the Colts because he won't be back to try to rescue them and in turn hurt their draft positioning. However, the injury has not healed as expected, keeping him off the field. They're now 2-6.

"I wish I was better and 100 percent this season, but that's not the case", Luck told the team's official website on Thursday.

For now, the Colts plan on Luck being ready for the 2018 season.

Translation: The Colts are facing the possibility of Luck never playing again at a high level and being on the hook for $87 million in salary guaranteed against injury.

Luck thought in April he would be ready to go, and I can not see him publically stating that just to help the organization from a PR standpoint.

First, you start with the lack of attention the Colts gave the quarterback position this offseason. "I have not gotten that from one doctor", Ballard said.

Ballard said the franchise has not tried to "mislead" anyone about Luck's status along the way.

Ballard told reporters he has received no indication that Luck's problems are career-threatening.

Inside the locker room, Luck's teammates understand why he won't be back. He'll now have missed 26 games in the last three seasons.

Luck originally injured his shoulder in September 2015 and at the time, the injury was so painful that he grimaced when he received a friendly tap from his then backup quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck.

As for Luck, he said that he'll come out of all this as a better quarterback.

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