Rumors often swirl around the sports world like hurricane force winds; sometimes true, sometimes not. But Jason La Canfora with CBS Sports has heard some unnerving things surrounding Indianapolis Colts‘ quarterback Andrew Luck. There is a possibility that Luck starts the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, as the quarterback has yet to be cleared by doctors.
This poses quite the conundrum for the Colts, as they have heavily relied on either Peyton Manning or Luck to start under center over the continuous stretch of seasons.
The front office and coaching staff know that the only way to approach this problem is with patience. Otherwise, what could be six missed games now could turn into a majority missed of future seasons if they rush him back too early.
“We want to make sure we handle the process right with Andrew, and continuing to do the things the doctors and trainers have told him to do, and we’re going to follow that process,” Ballard told me. “And as for everyone saying Andrew is down, well, every season is special in my mind, You don’t ever want to take these for granted. They’re too hard to come by. So we’ll do everything we can to put a team on the field that will compete their butts off and play winning football.
“He’s going through his throwing program right now, making sure he’s got his motion back right and the next step is getting him to practice. And once we get him to practice we’ll keep taking steps from there,” via CBS Sports.
Patience, as they say, is a virtue, and the worst thing that the Colts could do is rush their franchise quarterback back too soon. But the news that Luck hasn’t been cleared yet is sure to add to the stress of head coach Chuck Pagano.
“Right when the doctors say he’s ready to roll, then that’s the date,” Pagano said of the nebulous timetable with Luck. “There is no timeline. It was yesterday for all of us, but that’s not really the case. So these things take time, and it’s a process. Our trainers are doing a great job and Andrew is doing a great job. We’re going to listen to those guys, but the last thing we want to do is rush him or any of our players back too soon and have a setback. So we’re going to be diligent in the process,” via the CBS Sports report.
With the ageless wonder, Frank Gore, in the backfield, Luck’s presence would help solidify a better offensive attack. The need for Luck also helps take pressure from Gore, who lost his backup in Christine Michael for the season, in June.
Luck has maintained an open line of communication with Pagano and the rest of the organization, and the injury has taken its toll on the quarterback.
“It’s hard,” Pagano said. “It’s been a challenge on him mentally. not only physically, but mentally. He’s talked to us about it. He’s a great player and great competitor and he wants to be on the football field,” via CBS Sports.
If Indianapolis wants to have a chance in the wide-open AFC South, they will need all the Luck they can get this preseason. And the sooner he comes back, the quicker he can put the disastrous 2016 campaign behind him — as well as the injury.