Colts not optimistic about Andrew Luck this week

AP

Two weeks ago, Colts owner Jim Irsay said that the team was targeting Week 15 for quarterback Andrew Luck’s return. The target has now moved.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Colts weren’t optimistic as of last week that Luck will be cleared to return from a lacerated kidney in time for Sunday’s AFC South showdown with the Texans. This week, doctors will have the final say on whether he plays.

With backup Matthew Hasselbeck once again banged up, that could mean Charlie Whitehurst will be under center when the Colts try to extend to 14 their all-time home winning streak against the Texans — a game Indy won even in 2011, when the Colts were 2-14 and the Texans made it to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

This year, the Colts and Texans are each 6-7, and the Colts will hold the head-to-head tiebreaker with a win on Sunday, forcing the Texans to win out and the Colts to lose their last two in order to give Houston the division crown.

If the Texans win on Sunday, it gets a lot more interesting. But here’s what will be the simplest thing to understand: The Colts will have little chance to make it to the playoffs or to advance without Luck.

Which means that coach Chuck Pagano could soon be leaving the job that he has called his last one.

39 responses to “Colts not optimistic about Andrew Luck this week

  1. Everything I’ve read on it said it should be healed within 6 weeks, unless it is really bad and requires surgery. Since they haven’t done surgery, I can’t understand why it wouldn’t be healed six weeks from the injury date, which is this coming Sunday… #manup #getoutthere #saveyourteam

  2. Which means that coach Chuck Pagano could soon be leaving the job that he has called his last one.

    And Ryan Grigson will likely be joining the NFL Executive Committee since his grotesque incompetence will be a perfect fit on Goodell’s team.

  3. If I were Andrew Luck, I would test the Free agency market at the end of the year. The only thing he will ever get from the Colts will be numerous trips to the hospital emergency room.

  4. As a point of reference, Keenan Allen, WR for the Chargers lacerated his kidney a couple weeks before Luck did and was put on IR. It was foolish in a way that only the Colts can be to think Luck would be back by week 15, if at all this year.

  5. I wonder if the Carolina Panthers will be pathetic enough to hang a 16-0 banner if they go undefeated and participate in the 2ND biggest choke job in sports history behind the patriots in 07 if they fail to win the superbowl

  6. .
    10-16 – the combined record of framegate protagonists, Baltimore and Indianapolis.

    11-2 – the record of current AFC 1st seed, New England .
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  7. thermanmerman99 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:59 AM
    I wonder if the Carolina Panthers will be pathetic enough to hang a 16-0 banner if they go undefeated and participate in the 2ND biggest choke job in sports history behind the patriots in 07 if they fail to win the superbowl
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    How do you choke away one game? It’s not like the were up 3-0 games to none or were up by 24 points and then lost.

  8. dabears62 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:53 AM

    If I were Andrew Luck, I would test the Free agency market at the end of the year…..

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    If you were Andrew Luck, you would probably know that you are not a free agent at the end of the year. You’re under contract through the end of next season.

  9. It’ll be interesting to see if Luck’s injury will impact Pagano’s future. He looked great vs Denver. I think Pagano deserves at least another year with Chudzinski running the offense. Greg Manusky must go and maybe Grigson as well.

  10. Ya lets rush this guy back too soon and damage him for life but the only thing that counts is those freekin playoffs. hey if your o line blocked better maybe he wouldn’t have been creamed early and often.

    Luck should not even think of anything but his health and screw the colts org.

  11. Andrew Luck needs to just sit this one out and heal. Period. The season is lost.
    As for Grigson — he makes the Michael Lombardi/Joe Banner duo look like geniuses — and he can’t be fired soon enough!

  12. Funny, how everyone has their opinions about what’s wrong with the Colts, but no one mentions the main reason.

    James “Jim” Irsay. As long as he owns the team, the Colts are screwed. Andrew Luck will not be enough to over come him, like Peyton and Tony Dungy did.

  13. thermanmerman99 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:59 AM

    I wonder if the Carolina Panthers will be pathetic enough to hang a 16-0 banner if they go undefeated and participate in the 2ND biggest choke job in sports history behind the patriots in 07 if they fail to win the superbowl
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    They should. 16-0 is a hell of an achievement.

  14. thermanmerman99 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:59 AM
    I wonder if the Carolina Panthers will be pathetic enough to hang a 16-0 banner if they go undefeated and participate in the 2ND biggest choke job in sports history behind the Patriots in 07 if they fail to win the superbowl
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    As a Giants guy this is always amusing and a clear indicator of someone that doesn’t know much about defensive football and game planning, not surprising coming from a colts fan. The Giants held the best offense the league had ever seen up to that point to 14 points. Give Big Blue their due, that was no choke, it was a defensive throttling in a game decided by 3 points.

  15. I’m sure they won’t do it, but should keep Pagano and Chud and get rid of Grigson.

    If his kidney is completely healed, why shouldn’t he come back? Can you reinjure a completely healed laceration on your kidney? If his kidney is “weaker” and more susceptible to injury if hit again, he should wait. If not, play.

  16. Here’s how this is going to play out. Disgusted at Irsay’s behavior, Andrew Luck will force the Colts hand and will vow never to play for the Colts ever again. He will sign with the 49ers in the offseason. Tomsula will be fired and will be replaced by Josh McDaniels. In a weird twist of fate, McDaniels will hire Chuck Pagano as his DC and the 3 together will win multiple Superbowls over the next decade.

  17. thermanmerman99 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:59 AM

    I wonder if the Carolina Panthers will be pathetic enough to hang a 16-0 banner if they go undefeated and participate in the 2ND biggest choke job in sports history behind the patriots in 07 if they fail to win the superbowl
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    Why are you even bring up the Panthers on a Colts post? This story has absolutely nothing to do with the Panthers! Unless you’re jealous……

  18. thermanmerman99 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:59 AM

    I wonder if the Carolina Panthers will be pathetic enough to hang a 16-0 banner if they go undefeated and participate in the 2ND biggest choke job in sports history behind the patriots in 07 if they fail to win the superbowl
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    In terms of Super Bowl chokes, I’d say the Broncos most recent attempt was biggest choke of all time, given the way their offense performed throughout the season.

    It looked for a while like they were going to get shut out.

  19. “Two weeks ago, Colts owner Jim Irsay said that the team was targeting Week 15 for quarterback Andrew Luck’s return.”

    Maybe Irsay had just had a double bourbon and meant to say GAME 15………

  20. thermanmerman99 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:59 AM
    I wonder if the Carolina Panthers will be pathetic enough to hang a 16-0 banner if they go undefeated and participate in the 2ND biggest choke job in sports history behind the Patriots in 07 if they fail to win the superbowl
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    As a Giants guy this is always amusing and a clear indicator of someone that doesn’t know much about defensive football and game planning, not surprising coming from a colts fan. The Giants held the best offense the league had ever seen up to that point to 14 points. Give Big Blue their due, that was no choke, it was a defensive throttling in a game decided by 3 points.
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    Pats fans have always recognized the fact that SB win was earned by the Giants – both were. But if you are asking a Colts fan to recognize good defense when he/she sees it…well then you are asking a lot.

  21. Kevin says:
    Dec 14, 2015 11:43 AM
    Everything I’ve read on it said it should be healed within 6 weeks, unless it is really bad and requires surgery. Since they haven’t done surgery, I can’t understand why it wouldn’t be healed six weeks from the injury date, which is this coming Sunday.
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    To be precise the 6 weeks would include this week’s preparations and most of Sunday. But even after this week he then has to get back into it – he hasn’t practiced since the injury. 2-6wks is only an average for minor to moderate lacerations, so some take longer and not all severe lacerations are operated on, thus you can’t just take the 6 weeks as a cast-iron deal.

  22. Funny, how everyone has their opinions about what’s wrong with the Colts, but no one mentions the main reason.

    James “Jim” Irsay. As long as he owns the team, the Colts are screwed. Andrew Luck will not be enough to over come him, like Peyton and Tony Dungy did.
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    Yeah, totally screwed. Missed playoffs twice since 1999. SB win. Another SB appearance. Most 10 win seasons outside of NE since 2000. Give me a break. “Screwed?” Save that for the Browns. Irsay is hardly the problem. He will clean house this offseason. Irsay doesn’t meddle like Jerrah down in Dallas. Worst opinion ever.

  23. Does not matter who the Colts start if Hoyer is starting for the Texans. Texans have never won in Indy, no reason to start thinking that now.

  24. gp1390r says:
    Dec 14, 2015 2:10 PM

    Yeah, totally screwed. Missed playoffs twice since 1999. SB win. Another SB appearance. Most 10 win seasons outside of NE since 2000. Give me a break. “Screwed?” Save that for the Browns. Irsay is hardly the problem. He will clean house this offseason. Irsay doesn’t meddle like Jerrah down in Dallas. Worst opinion ever.
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    Say what you will about Jerrah, none of it will be new, but since he is the GM it’s hard to call what he does meddling. No rational football mind could really believe with the colts needs going into the draft that drafting a receiver in the first round was a sound decision any more than a real GM acting on his own would have made the Richardson trade. Those decisions have owner’s choice written all over them, even Grigson isn’t that dumb and if he was then that would be on Irsay as well.

  25. Pats fan here hoping pagano and grigson keep their jobs for many, many years to come.

    Also hoping Luck heals 100% before he comes back, the Colts are not worth risking his life for.

  26. No matter what happens, Pagano and Grigson are likely not getting extensions. You can call it fired, sure its about the same but their contracts lapse at the season’s end and don’t appear to be offered new deals.

    Early in Manning’s career the Colts realized they weren’t comfortable long term with Jim Mora and they made a change. At this point in Luck’s career, the Colts are probably going to do the same. A new GM
    and Coaching Staff to do what Grigson was supposed to do and build around Luck through his Prime.

    This was a flawed and incomplete team that got exposed after a few years of overachieving. Not a huge deal really… just admit it, wipe the slate clean, and fill in the missing pieces.

    There are quite a few coaches and potential GM candidates that would view this as a rare opportunity. Colts could catch some big name attention if they choose to gut the Front Office.

  27. xli2006 says:
    Dec 14, 2015 3:52 PM
    No matter what happens, Pagano and Grigson are likely not getting extensions. You can call it fired, sure its about the same but their contracts lapse at the season’s end and don’t appear to be offered new deals.
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    Grigson’s contract has one more year left.

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