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Colts circle the wagons on Andrew Luck rib report

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The Colts are many things. Boring isn’t one of them.

The recent flurry of leaks that trace to a soon-to-be-former coaching staff has led to a response from the team on the only leak that could result in money flowing into the NFL’s fine fund.

Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, updating his story regarding the severity of quarterback Andrew Luck’s early-season rib injury, adds information from the team. Specifically, Colts COO Pete Ward acknowledged to holder that Luck had a rib cartilage injury, but that the injury was never bad enough to compel disclosure of it on the injury report.

It never limited him in any way,” Ward wrote in an email to Holder. “Remember, he was dealing with a significant shoulder injury at the time.”

Curiously, Friday’s comment came from Ward and not G.M. Ryan Grigson, who issued the original statement insisting that the team’s injury reports are accurate. It’s possible that, as the stories emerging on the brink of the expected firing of coach Chuck Pagano and company drag Grigson into the spotlight of scrutiny, Grigson is keeping his head low.

That may not be enough to keep Grigson’s head off the chopping block. Whether own Jim Irsay ends up swinging an axe other than one of his many guitars is something we’ll learn soon.

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50 Responses to “Colts circle the wagons on Andrew Luck rib report”
  1. patriotsdefense says: Jan 1, 2016 6:28 PM

    A fine? Bleep that. Draft picks, plural. More than one.

  2. j0esixpack says: Jan 1, 2016 6:35 PM

    Framegate Karma

    Look who the cheaters have been all along

    The Colts purposefully fixed games to Suck for Luck, piped in crowd noise and had footballs as under inflated as the Patriots,and now continue to cheat

  3. pinkmist4 says: Jan 1, 2016 6:37 PM

    Too bad they weren’t on Hard Knocks, what a clownshow that place must be….

  4. mikeytoth says: Jan 1, 2016 6:39 PM

    Cheaters, such a disgrace to the nfl. Irsay doesn’t even deserve to be an owner. He probably gave manning the name to the head dope dealer. Frauds. Forever tainted and that banner needs to come down

  5. vuudu says: Jan 1, 2016 6:39 PM

    Of course, I say that and I miss a “U” in usually. LOL.

  6. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 1, 2016 6:43 PM

    Irsay is a trip (pun intended). He was given $2.8B of Daddy’s money, never had a real job, and doesn’t have a clue as to how to run a football team. He reminds me of that idiot in Dallas except JJ at least made his own bank.

  7. skinsfan91 says: Jan 1, 2016 6:44 PM

    Who’s the dumpster fire now?

  8. thejetssuck2001 says: Jan 1, 2016 6:44 PM

    so great that the two teams that took their swing at new england underhandedly got what they had coming this season. the best part is that the problems with both teams, indy and baltimore, is that their coaching staffs were the reason they were horrible this season. baltimore losing that many games on their final drives speaks wholly to the team leadership being outcoached as usual. not only that, baltimore cries about those plays the entire poffseason then proceed to try and run them in every single game. even more awesome that they had a touchdown taken away on the very same type of play on a bad call that made them lose that game. sweet justice!!

  9. thejetssuck2001 says: Jan 1, 2016 6:46 PM

    i wonder if irsay chops his pills up and snorts em or if he just eats them.

  10. kelsey59 says: Jan 1, 2016 6:47 PM

    The more Pat’s fans complain the more guilty the Pat’s look.

  11. pastabelly says: Jan 1, 2016 6:55 PM

    More likely than not that Luck knew how injured he really was and was part of this scheme to cheat the injury report. What’s that? four games?

  12. pinkmist4 says: Jan 1, 2016 6:58 PM

    thejetssuck2001 says:
    Jan 1, 2016 6:46 PM
    i wonder if irsay chops his pills up and snorts em or if he just eats them.

    Depends on how much he’s had to drink…..

  13. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 1, 2016 7:02 PM

    “Curiously, Friday’s comment came from Ward and not G.M. Ryan Grigson”

    Not really. What would be more curious is whether or not the front office drew straws to pick the fall guy.

  14. varangia says: Jan 1, 2016 7:03 PM

    Any knowledgeable sports guy knew that Luck was injured in every game he played. I read many comments from clueless people claiming Luck wasn’t that good anymore.

  15. dispozblcopy says: Jan 1, 2016 7:04 PM

    The NFL better punch these guys in the face for this nonsense. Putting a seriously damaged player out on the field on a false report, and then lying about it? Look at the yearlong fuss over an unsubstantiated equipment violation that, even if were true, affects nothing and nobody. A million dollars, draft picks and a four game suspension on considerably less evidence. And this is apparently raising only cursory comments? The national press should be all over this, every single serious sports journalist should be calling the NFL office right bloody now and demanding all the documentation before they have time to shred.

    With all the player safety issues that are the real “integrity” problem, THIS?! My hope is that they get investigated, fined, draft picks with suspended members of the front office.

    The real shame is that Andrew Luck is a good guy — he doesn’t deserve either the circus or being under contract with a team that has no concern for his well being and truly, his career. Just butt covering incompetents.

  16. nhpats says: Jan 1, 2016 7:17 PM

    If Luck has a clue he will not resign with the Colts….

  17. 12444uggg says: Jan 1, 2016 7:40 PM

    Some seriously sour fans of other teams around here. Unfortunately for all of you, Luck should be healthy next season and wearing a horseshoe. See you then.

  18. One for the thumb says: Jan 1, 2016 7:53 PM

    bleedingfacemask says:
    Jan 1, 2016 7:02 PM
    “Curiously, Friday’s comment came from Ward and not G.M. Ryan Grigson”

    Not really. What would be more curious is whether or not the front office drew straws to pick the fall guy.
    _______________________________________

    Irsay drew a straw and then immediately used it to sniff his pills.

  19. 6ball says: Jan 1, 2016 8:08 PM

    .
    No matter what else happens the rest of the year the Colts have to be congratulated for their moronic “swinging gate” play. It was the single funniest event I’ve ever seen at an NFL game.

    Best bet – Grigson made the play call.
    .

  20. alan226 says: Jan 1, 2016 8:13 PM

    And the Patriots Karma train keeps rolling…

  21. darthvincent says: Jan 1, 2016 8:17 PM

    Some seriously sour fans…

    No, we’re just waiting for the even-handedness of the NFL to come swooping in and declare that because the Colts F.O. was more than generally aware of long-time rules that they were under-reporting the seriousness of their qb’s health that were affecting the thousands of gambling and fantasy leagues world-wide that the Colts will be losing draft picks, incurring million dollars fines, and the new GM will be banned from the teams facilities for the first 6 games of 2016.

  22. charger383 says: Jan 1, 2016 8:33 PM

    Colts penalty
    $1,000,635 fine
    loss of 1st round pick
    play 2 home game in London
    be on Hard Knocks
    hire Ron Ryan
    must sign Tebow

  23. jagsfanugh says: Jan 1, 2016 8:38 PM

    Typical of this organization. From piping noise in to the owner being a tard drunk to this. Getting what they deserve from sucking for luck to this. What a classless team.

  24. sgl42 says: Jan 1, 2016 8:52 PM

    Irsay has the team on a downward spiral just like his Dad did when the team was in Baltimore. Both father and son had substance abuse issues that prevented them from making sound decisions.

  25. daltonsdumptruck says: Jan 1, 2016 9:12 PM

    Fix the headline because nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills

  26. billbaker1957 says: Jan 1, 2016 9:36 PM

    I wonder what there banner will say when they raise that one.

  27. fastenoughforme says: Jan 1, 2016 9:42 PM

    The league definitely needs to come done hard on the Colts. If I was Luck Id run away from this completely disfunctional orginazation now!!

  28. thejetssuck2001 says: Jan 1, 2016 9:44 PM

    varangia says:
    Jan 1, 2016 7:03 PM
    Any knowledgeable sports guy knew that Luck was injured in every game he played. I read many comments from clueless people claiming Luck wasn’t that good anymore

    ===================================
    right. some wondering if a 25 yr old luck is done? laughable. hopefully the colts keep grigson longer so he allows luck to slip right to us to follow bradys retirement in 2 years.

  29. antikytheraeagles says: Jan 1, 2016 9:45 PM

    An addict of Irsay’s magnitude is definitely snorting. By the time his metabolism even allowed him to feel anything through normal ingestion, it would already be time to eat more. And he’s not using any short straws either, he’s probably got gold-dipped dollar-bills specifically for that. He would use hundreds but he knows that is bad luck.

  30. linebacker2 says: Jan 1, 2016 10:06 PM

    Do you think the Colts are gonna hang a 2015 AFC South Finalist banner next year??

  31. 1018cjm says: Jan 1, 2016 10:11 PM

    12444uggg says:
    Jan 1, 2016 7:40 PM

    Some seriously sour fans of other teams around here. Unfortunately for all of you, Luck should be healthy next season and wearing a horseshoe. See you then.

    >>>>>>
    You are delusional if you think the Colts will be relevant next year…they may be the most dysfunctional team in the NFL from ownership on down (and with the Redskins and 49ers, that is saying something)…Pagano will be gone – he deserves better….Grigson should be gone (though, as a Pats fan, I’d love to see him stay)…Luck should bide his time and look to make a move to another team as soon as he is able…maybe use next year to show other teams that he is healthy and able to contribute to a more worthy team than the Colts…I’d love to see him come into the AFC East to compete against the Pats twice a year.

  32. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 1, 2016 11:06 PM

    What a train wreck. No surprise given the clown functioning as the engineer.

  33. pats14 says: Jan 1, 2016 11:49 PM

    Since it’s the Colts, $500 fine…if it was the Jets, $100 fine.

  34. gp1390r says: Jan 1, 2016 11:57 PM

    So, let me set this straight:
    Piping in crowd noise? False, never proven. Been to many games and there isn’t fake crowd noise. This myth stems from the 2005 regular season game against the Steelers. The CBS replay sound got stuck. It was investigated and the Colts were cleared. The Dome was the smallest stadium in the NFL and just loud bc of the roof. Lucas Oil Stadium isn’t nearly as loud.
    Irsay is a terrible owner: Yeah, 3 losing seasons since 1999. Just horrible. 2nd best winning % since 2000, only behind the Pats. And don’t give me the “AFC South” crap, Pats fans, your division is just as terrible.
    Manning took HGH: First, he didn’t play a down in 2011 and was gone after that. Secondly, the accuser admitted he lied and recanted. Manning is still thinking of suing and he should.
    Deflategate: That is on the NFL. The Colts alerted the league that something was fishy with the footballs. Goodell is the moron who tried to make it look like Brady committed high treason.
    I’ll give you Grigson. He is terrible and nearly got Luck killed this season. He needs to be gone yesterday.
    Let the rain of down votes begin!!

  35. gp1390r says: Jan 2, 2016 12:03 AM

    One more…..”tanking for Luck.” Really? Then why did the Colts sign Kerry Collins for $4 million that season? If they were purposefully tanking they would have just rolled with Curtis Painter. Suck for Luck became a joke among fans as the season droned on and it was clear the Colts were terrible. They almost blew it too, winning 2 games late in the season. Yep, total tank job. The only thing the Colts were guilty of was not having a decent backup in place when Manning went out. And remember 2011 was a lockout year, so the Colts couldn’t even talk to Manning and get a gauge on his progress (or lack thereof). Had they known sooner they probably would have signed a better backup. Try again, trolls.

  36. swhughes81 says: Jan 2, 2016 12:20 AM

    LOL Irsay never was an alcoholic. He knows more about football than most owners, so yeah he actually does have a clue. Sometimes you nail it sometimes you don’t. He missed it with Grigson. This organization has always been class, Grigson is the one to spiral it down. Don’t get me wrong, there has been some bad/questionable coaching this year, but so is deferring the ball in overtime and losing.

  37. maniac1956 says: Jan 2, 2016 1:37 AM

    kelsey59 says:
    Jan 1, 2016 6:47 PM

    The more Pat’s fans complain the more guilty the Pat’s look
    _____________________________________________________

    Sorry, kelsey59, the more you post, the more you look like a clueless hater troll. But hey, don’t blame me, you’re doing it to yourself

  38. riverhorsey says: Jan 2, 2016 2:02 AM

    “It never limited him in any way,” ?

    Depending on who defined “limited”, you get it ??

  39. varangia says: Jan 2, 2016 2:19 AM

    Luck should sign with the Patriots next. Brady will probably only last 2 more years.

  40. jackybadass says: Jan 2, 2016 2:44 AM

    This franchise is a mess! They wanted to suck for luck well now they suck with and without luck

  41. wetookavote says: Jan 2, 2016 2:49 AM

    Moral degenerate Pats fans resolve to be even bigger hypocrites this year.

  42. cross300 says: Jan 2, 2016 3:34 AM

    Fines aren’t nearly enough. This is game integrity stuff. It’s not just not filing the right reports you have a GM lying and covering up. Time to pay the piper.

  43. evrybdyhas1 says: Jan 2, 2016 7:03 AM

    Irsay would be in a homeless shelter on methadone if he wasn’t born into wealth.

    The Colts past success was in spite of Irsay not because of him. Too bad for Luck and the fans of Indy they can’t fire the Owner.

  44. joker65 says: Jan 2, 2016 7:30 AM

    Luck is probably healthy and they are just keeping him out so they lose and get a better draft pick.

  45. joker65 says: Jan 2, 2016 7:32 AM

    Then why did the Colts sign Kerry Collins for $4 million that season? If they were purposefully tanking they would have just rolled with Curtis Painter.
    ___

    They paid 4 million for a 39 year old QB who wasn’t good to begin with? Man, they are dumber than I thought.

  46. imodan says: Jan 2, 2016 8:45 AM

    swhughes81 says:
    Jan 2, 2016 12:20 AM

    LOL Irsay never was an alcoholic. He knows more about football than most owners, so yeah he actually does have a clue. Sometimes you nail it sometimes you don’t. He missed it with Grigson. This organization has always been class, Grigson is the one to spiral it down. Don’t get me wrong, there has been some bad/questionable coaching this year, but so is deferring the ball in overtime and losing.
    —————————————————
    Always been classy? Stop it, stop it right now. The Indy Colts from day one have ben classless. Sneaking off in the middle of the night leaving behind a loyal fan base. Total greedy turd move followed by many instances of shady maneuvers. The Colts rank at or near the top of disgraceful, cheating practices.

  47. themage78 says: Jan 2, 2016 8:47 AM

    skinsfan91 says:
    Jan 1, 2016 6:44 PM

    Who’s the dumpster fire now?

    ——————————————–
    Says the guy who’s team is sitting the #2 pick behind luck and is going to cut him at the end of the season. How much did you spend on him? 3 1st rounders?

    Enjoy your 1 and done in the playoffs. Also enjoy that 1st place schedule next year. Back to under .500 again.

  48. nhpats says: Jan 2, 2016 9:03 AM

    The NFL should punish the Colts by moving them back into the AFC East and moving the Dolphins into the AFC South. This would guarantee at least 2 beat-downs per year at the hands of BB.

  49. billswillnevermove says: Jan 2, 2016 9:17 AM

    nhpats says:Jan 2, 2016 9:03 AM

    The NFL should punish the Colts by moving them back into the AFC East and moving the Dolphins into the AFC South. This would guarantee at least 2 beat-downs per year at the hands of BB.
    __________________________________
    LOL………good post. I actually like that idea.

  50. blowfishes says: Jan 2, 2016 10:09 AM

    Interesting… I had a similar rib cartilage injury and ended up needing a metal plate inserted to put everything in place. Obviously I don’t have the best experts at my disposal – or the money to pay them – but I’d like to know what they have done to fix the issue.

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