Pagano: Andrew Luck isn’t playing this week

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Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday that his defense is preparing to face everybody this Sunday when he was asked about Colts quarterback Andrew Luck practicing for the first time since suffering kidney and abdominal injuries in November.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano says there is one name that O’Brien can strike from the list. Pagano said that Luck did individual work only on Wednesday and that he doesn’t know when he’ll be evaluated to see if he’s ready to move to a fuller workload, but that it won’t happen before Sunday’s game against Houston.

“He’s not playing,” Pagano said, via Kevin Bowen of the team’s website.

That leaves the question of who will be playing. Matt Hasselbeck sat out the first practice of the week to rest his injured ribs, but Pagano said that the team is hopeful that he’ll be able to work on Thursday and expects him to make his fifth straight start. If he can’t, Charlie Whitehurst would get the nod against T.J. Yates, who O’Brien confirmed will be the team’s starter on Sunday during his Wednesday press conference.

36 responses to “Pagano: Andrew Luck isn’t playing this week

  1. He is clearly a tough kid. He played through the injury (finished the game), that speaks volumes.

    Do the right thing Indy. Shut him down for the rest of the regular season. If you manage to find the playoffs, and he is healthy enough to play, cleared by the doctors, and he wants to play, let him play. If you fail to reach the post season without him, so be it.

  2. .
    This is the NFL at at its best. Whitehurst versus Yates with the winner taking a commanding lead in the AFC South, in addition to getting to .500

    The game should be flexed to Lifetime at 4:45 am.
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  3. Charlie Whitehurst against T.J. Yates is just the thrilling late season tied divisional matchup America wants to see. I’m glad that the league is focused on ball inflation and sock color fines, rather than something like the giant cracks in the college QB talent pipeline.

  4. Hope he heals fully, the contempt many of us hold for the colts is an organizational thing, it doesn’t extend to the players. The game is always better when it’s best players can take the field.

    That rustling they’re hearing? It’s not the breeze, there are some Jaguars circling in the weeds

  5. Rest him.

    Colts fans were sold on jettisoning Manning by the argument of “Luck for 15 years is better than Manning for 3.”

    We will be lucky to have him survive for 5 behind that line.

    I hope Grigson is the starting QB.

  6. theangrytammy says:
    Dec 16, 2015 2:27 PM
    Poor soul. Denver beat the hell out of him.
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    Except on the scoreboard of course

  7. What a disaster. I feel bad for Pagano; the writing was on the wall before the season even started. I just hope Irsay has the guts to totally clean house once this season is mercifully over. I can understand Pagano not being brought back, but Grigson is every bit as responsible. The s—-y o line, the overpaid free agents…that’s on the GM.

  8. 6ball says:
    Dec 16, 2015 1:55 PM
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    This is the NFL at at its best. Whitehurst versus Yates with the winner taking a commanding lead in the AFC South, in addition to getting to .500

    The game should be flexed to Lifetime at 4:45 am.
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    The Lifetime thing is the line of the year on PFT. But the rest of your comment – what happens if the game ends in a 0-0 tie? Wouldn’t a Jags win, making them 6-8, give THEM the commanding lead over both of these junkyard teams?

  9. Luck will practice when he’s ready to practice, and he’ll play when he’s ready to play. Huge difference. No red jerseys on Sunday. He’s able to throw, but he’s not ready to take a hit. The fact that he can throw tells me that he’ll be playing next week. He’s not playing against J.J. Watt and Clowney.

  10. Just curious, did the NFL ever finish its investigation into Andrew’s original injury, you know the broken rib(s) that were NEVER REVEALED ON THE INJURY REPORT and that may or may not have caused the lacerated kidney??

    What a desperate, garbage franchise to conceal a life threatening injury and force the kid to play football, resulting in a LACERATED KIDNEY for god’s sake.

    Then again we are talking about a franchise that rigged a whole season just to get one player.

    The amount of cheating by this franchise is just mind boggling.

  11. VenerableAxiom says:
    Dec 16, 2015 2:56 PM
    Doesn’t Pagano know he’s supposed to keep them guessing until the day of the game?

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    I doubt he even knows. That organization is so messed up right now I doubt he’s even in on the decision making process.

  12. jag1959 says:

    That rustling they’re hearing? It’s not the breeze, there are some Jaguars circling in the weeds
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    Settle down Sparky.
    Your team had 1 good HALF.
    You got a ways to go before you’re even in the same league.

  13. helldog33 says:
    Dec 16, 2015 3:08 PM
    That’s right, Pags, keep opponents on their toes.
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    If you couldn’t figure out that Luck wasn’t playing this week you shouldn’t even be on this site….let alone watching football.
    I’m sure the Texans already had this one figured out.

  14. crush22 says:
    Dec 16, 2015 3:28 PM
    jag1959 says:

    That rustling they’re hearing? It’s not the breeze, there are some Jaguars circling in the weeds
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    Settle down Sparky.
    Your team had 1 good HALF.
    You got a ways to go before you’re even in the same league.

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    Actually, for a change, my team had a pretty good 60 minutes Chief.

    I’m a Giants Guy and while things aren’t pretty at the moment from a SB championship standpoint it’s the colts that have some catching up to do.

  15. Remember Whitehurst helping the 7-9 Seahawks make the playoffs in 2010/2011 while Matt H. was injured? The odds of that happening a second time….are getting closer and closer to even. Awesome.

  16. I feel bad for Chuck. I grew up with him and his family in Boulder, CO. Great guy but I guess an average coach. When you have an elite QB (Luck), no season can be wasted. Thanks for giving your best Chuck. See you soon.

  17. Can this be any more pathetic and sad? Two teams battling for 1st place in the division, both with loosing records and most likely starting 3rd string QB’s for the pivotal game which will most likely determine who wins the division and gets a play-off birth. I suppose it could be worse, we could be in the NFC East…..of course, that’s not really any worse than were we are now…..

  18. Doesn’t Pagano know he’s supposed to keep them guessing until the day of the game?

    He is helping people to set their fantasy line ups.

  19. You know, I have nothing against Luck. I hope he has a great career. I just wish he didn’t play for such a low class, cheating franchise.

    It all starts with the Irsay. His issues are well documented in the tabloids.

    Grigson is an incompetent liar.

    Caught piping in phony crowd noise many times. Once on live TV.

    Ballboys seen on the sidelines several times with needles used to tamper with the footballs. Heck, they even admitted in the Wells Report that they gauged the NE football they intercepted. Clear violation of the rules and considered tampering.

    They tanked an entire season to secure the #1 pick in the draft during the infamous and blatantly obvious “Suck for Luck” campaign.

    When Bill Polian was the GM he forced rule changes down the Competition Committee’s throat because NE played “too rough” against the Colts’ soft offense. Why do you think there are so many PI calls. Yup! The Colts.

  20. The only thing more pathetic and sad is your use of the English language…Yes, both teams have losing records, not loosing records. After the Texans win on Sunday, they will go on and represent the AFC South as a 9-7 division winner in the playoffs. Go Texans!
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    Can this be any more pathetic and sad? Two teams battling for 1st place in the division, both with loosing records and most likely starting 3rd string QB’s for the pivotal game which will most likely determine who wins the division and gets a play-off birth. I suppose it could be worse, we could be in the NFC East…..of course, that’s not really any worse than were we are now…..

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