Andrew Luck to see some time with scout team this week

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The Colts are continuing the process of getting quarterback Andrew Luck ready to play in a game by giving him a bit more to do in practice this week.

Luck practiced two days last week in his first on-field work with the team since having right shoulder surgery and coach Chuck Pagano said on Thursday, via Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, that Luck will work two days again this week. He’ll practice on Thursday and Saturday with the Colts playing on Monday night and he’ll get work with the scout team during 7-on-7 drills in a difference from last week.

Luck is expected to get five or six snaps in those drills and those plays will call for him to make throws that the Colts are comfortable with him making at this point in the process. Holder reports that means “there won’t be deep balls,” which leaves something for the Colts to build to next week.

Given the pace of Luck’s return to practice, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be deemed ready to play in Week Seven. The Colts have road games in Cincinnati and Houston in Weeks Eight and Nine, which could be a more realistic debut window if Luck’s practice work continues without any difficulty.

7 responses to “Andrew Luck to see some time with scout team this week

  1. So what if Colts lose the next two games, would they reconsider playing him at all? Knowing Pagano, probably still put him in, even for meaningless games instead of letting him heal more.

  2. I want this guy in the NFL just for the civil war “letters from the battlefield” jokes that were popping up.

  3. Knowing Pagano, probably still put him in, even for meaningless games instead of letting him heal more.
    Heaven forbid that Luck actually earn his paycheck. If you are healthy, then you go to work.

  4. floriosnuts,

    “Why didn’t they put him on PUP?” You ask?

    Because he would not have even been able to practice in any way with the team until after week 6 if he was on PUP. He was cleared for some activity 2 weeks ago and has been lightly ramping up his routine. He would not have been able to do that on PUP. There were some unknowns as well so at least they gave themselves the option in the event he was ready earlier.

    While I have some serious concerns about this team in general, the fact they are 2-3 and pretty much on pace with the rest of the (terrible) division is somewhat promising. The Texans, Jags, and Titans all have deep flaws. If the Colts can just keep themselves in the mix they may be able to work in Luck and make something out of what looked like a lost cause season.

    The Colts would be getting criticized if they forced him back earlier, put him on PUP, or sat him out all year. Whatever they did, people would knock it because that is what fans do. In this case however, it appears they actually may have handled it correctly given the PUP rules and restrictions.

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