PFT 2019 storyline No. 30: Will Andrew Luck stay healthy again?

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After losing all of the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. managed to play all of the 2018 season — and to play it incredibly well. So with the 2019 season approaching, the question becomes whether Luck can do it again.

A calf injury limited his involvement in the team’s offseason program. Although Luck attributed the absences to a post-shoulder-surgery realization that he needs to be careful with his health, it’s a stark reminder that his ability to play all of 2018 is no guarantee that he’ll play all of 2019 — and it’s a reason for Colts fans to fret about whether he’ll be able to do it.

And if he doesn’t, it will be very difficult for the Colts to deliver on their potential.

The Colts have the potential to be good. Very good. Deep-into-the-playoffs good. To get to the postseason and to win when they get there, however, the Colts need Luck to be able to play. And to play well.

Of course, if he’s able to play, it’s safe to assume he’ll play well. Historically, when he plays, he definitely plays very well.

The team’s offensive line, buoyed by the performance of 2018 rookie first-rounder Quenton Nelson and the lift his presence gave to the rest of the line, will give Luck the protection he needs. But even the best-protected quarterbacks get hit. And every quarterback who gets hit can get hurt.

Given Luck’s size and skills, it’s easy to take for granted his ability to stay healthy. He’ll need to actually do it for the Colts to take the next step toward being the kind of dominant force that they were when Peyton Manning played quarterback in Indianapolis.

The clock is ticking, loudly, for Luck’s to begin to perform like Manning’s Cots did. Owner Jim Irsay continues to vow multiple Super Bowl wins on Luck’s watch (Irsay’s latest kick is to aim for three in a row), but Luck turns 30 on September 12.

Manning’s age when he won his only Super Bowl with the Colts? 30.

19 responses to “PFT 2019 storyline No. 30: Will Andrew Luck stay healthy again?

  1. Luck or not, it’s impossible to take the talk of Indy going “deep into the playoffs” seriously. They beat Houston or some other punching bag in the wild card every year, then the Chiefs or Pats make quick work of them. You can set your watch by it.

    Indy is a second tier team at best, and will be until Brady/BB retire.

  2. None of us know the future, especially when it comes to football injuries. But the odds are sure better. The team has (finally) taken good steps to protect this guy. Early in his career the game for him was almost constant running for his life and body slams. But In his case the team at the time was just sheer stupidity so he had to endure several seasons under those conditions and its not surprising that the injuries caught up like they did. But now he is healed AND the team has gotten some brains in the front office so finally we should start seeing his potential. My estimate based on flashes I saw from him before is that its a pretty high ceiling.

  3. tonyzendejas says:
    June 24, 2019 at 7:07 am
    Luck or not, it’s impossible to take the talk of Indy going “deep into the playoffs” seriously. They beat Houston or some other punching bag in the wild card every year, then the Chiefs or Pats make quick work of them. You can set your watch by it.
    ———-
    That recipe worked like a charm for Peyton Manning. NFL record 9 times one and done.

  4. No. That whole “Suck for Luck” scheme they pulled didn’t work out so well. At least they got some money for the t-shirts they made…

  5. It’s hard to envision the Colts being successful going to KC or New England in the playoffs where it is outdoors and cold and not very friendly.

  6. He’s become a statue in the pocket. No secret to what their offense is doing. Get the ball out quickly to keep Luck off his back and protect the growing number of body parts with ailments.

    Teams that get immediate pressure up the middle turn this offense on its face. Luck will need to live by his name to play a full season. We’ve got Joe Flacco 2.0 here guys. Face it.

  7. Waste of HOF potential QB. Stuck on the 2 win caliber Colts and still carried them to multiple playoffs. Shame. Needs a new team

  8. “Most overhyped, overrated QB in the history of the NFL.”

    Its not that bad. At least Luck has played well at times. The likes of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf are more like the most overrated and hyped.

  9. Chiefs fans be strutting around like they done something significant lately.
    But hey if beating a team that was ranked near the bottom of the league is something you need to hang your hat on….go for it

  10. The Colts were 4-12 without Andrew Luck in 2017 – nearly as dreadful as the 2-14 team in 2011 with Peyton Manning out. Incredible rehabs by both!! Andrew Luck, like his predecessor, is a superb quarterback and a necessary component to the Colts fortunes moving forward. Think of the irony – a healthy Manning in 2011 and the Colts are drafting no higher than the mid-20’s in 2012. And if Luck plays in 2017, the extraordinary Quenton Nelson is playing somewhere else!

  11. Noodle arm is done. The accuracy is still there but he’s lost all the velocity on his fastball. He looks more like 2015 Peyton Manning than 2012 Andrew Luck.

    The GOAT that never was…

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