That hope was crushed Thursday when the Colts announced they would put him away for the remainder of the season.
The fact is the Colts don't seem to know, and perhaps Luck doesn't know, either, whether he will ever return to his previous form.
Luck, who had not played at all this season, had been recovering from January surgery on his throwing shoulder.
In the meantime, Jacoby Brissett will continue to replace Luck in the lineup as the Colts search for another backup. Head coach Chuck Pagano also did a lousy job appraising Luck's status and said in September that he had no doubts the quarterback would play in 2017. I assume it was a coincidence that the recent medical assessments of Luck's shoulder occurred immediately after Brissett was tenderized by the Jaguars defense to the tune of 10 sacks.
Luck was coming off perhaps his best overall performance in his six-year National Football League career after playing in just seven games in 2015 due to a variety of injuries that included an abdominal muscle tear.More news: Tony Podesta Sends Cease and Desist Letter to Tucker Carlson
"I wish I was better and 100 percent this season, but that's not the case", Luck said via a press release. Certainly the organization does not want to start over at quarterback. I've not got that from one doctor. And you want to come in and play like you're playing in the AFC North?
Brissett has mixed promising moments with the sorts of mistakes typical of a young quarterback who never was expected to be anyone's starter or centerpiece player so early in his career.
The downside to that scenario: The Colts would lose the chance to use top-tier college talent to address need areas.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's surgically-repaired shoulder "stopped getting better" about a week and a half ago, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
One of the few things Indianapolis can be certain about at the game's most important position?
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