Does Andrew Luck have a durability problem?

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Andrew Luck is a giant of a man. When healthy, he’s a great quarterback. As he approaches his 30th birthday, however, a fair question has arisen regarding the first overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Does Luck has a durability issue?

After three seasons of starting 16 games per year, Luck has ping-ponged between making it through all or most of full season and missing more than half of it. In 2015, he played only seven games. In 2016, he started 15 games. In 2017, he didn’t play at all. In 2018, he played every game — and he played incredibly well.

This year, it’s looking less and less likely that he’ll be ready for Week One. With a calf strain now becoming a “little bone issue” (which doesn’t sound so little, especially when coming from a man with a history of embellishing Luck’s health), who knows when Luck will be ready to go? Who knows whether he’ll stay healthy, if/when he ever gets healthy?

The Colts have to be concerned about the possibility that Luck’s career will continue to be characterized by periodic absences due to a variety of ailments and conditions. Although no one wants to be regarded as injury prone, history shows that Luck is prone to being injured. At some point, it will surely affect the manner in which the Colts regard Luck.

Signed through 2021, Luck will make $21.125 million this year, $22 million next year, and $21 million in the final year of his contract. Given the current state of the market, that’s a bargain. If he can’t play, it’s a ball and chain.

Which makes the team’s decisions regarding its backup quarterbacks critical. Jacoby Brissett enters the final year of his rookie deal. Would the Colts offer him significant money to remain in Indy as the backup? Would they use the franchise tag to keep him in place for 2020? (They definitely have the cap space to do it.)

And where does Chad Kelly fit into this equation? Does he become the new Brissett as of 2020?

Whoever the backup may be, the Colts will need a good one. Because they need to factor Luck’s potential for future injury into their overall roster planning.

34 responses to “Does Andrew Luck have a durability problem?

  1. One would think a “generational” QB would fare better than 4-4 in the post season with 12 TD and 13 INT’s (1 rushing TD and 2 Fumbles) by the age of 30.

  2. Good piece. far to figure Luck’s health is huge factor in what they do behind the scenes moving forward. Andrew is a good QB, who was never gonna live up to the god status granted him before ever throwing a pass.

    Not to say he hasn’t been good, but that many had him in the Hall of Fame – right away. Now with the known injury history, I’d say keep Jacoby & make a deal for Luck. The greatest ability is ‘availability’. Odds are he’ll lose more time. Roll the dice.

  3. It’s amazing a guy who profits from so many beneficial bogus officiating calls
    has done so little… but… receives so much adulation.

    While a guy “owned” by a cheap owner “surrounded” by no offensive line
    has one wide receivers and gets no calls is demonized.
    (SEE: Andy Dalton)

  4. Three MRI’s on a calf that’s actually a bone issue. I think the Colts may have a bad medical staff that’s not doing Luck any favors

  5. dryzzt23 says:
    August 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    Why isn’t this same question being asked about Cam Newton?
    Luck is more durable than Newton
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  6. And where does Chad Kelly fit into this equation? Does he become the new Brissett as of 2020?

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    Has Chad Kelly ever played near the level to think this would be a remote possibility? Brissett’s actually a decent backup. Barring some unprecedented change, the only reason Kelly will hang around is his last name, no disrespect to his uncle.

  7. dryzzt23 says:
    August 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm
    Why isn’t this same question being asked about Cam Newton?
    Luck is more durable than Newton
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    Newton has played 96% of games to Luck’s 89%. Newton has missed one or two games at time but played more often.

  8. same thing happened to manning when he fell apart, quit and turned into a bum. guess history does repeat itself.

  9. Is the pope Catholic? They gave him an offensive line and he still can’t stay healthy. He is injury prone.

  10. Brissett is solid and despite the naysayers I think Chad Kelly has tremendous potential. Indy has handled their QB depth chart really well IMHO.

  11. Wait, he’s almost 30 already? Seems like he’s only been in the NFL a couple years. Then again, 2-3 years might be his aggregate total game playing time.

  12. bam5239 says:

    Newton has played 96% of games to Luck’s 89%. Newton has missed one or two games at time but played more often.

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    Luck has started 77% of the regular season games since he has was drafted. Newton has started 95%. It’s not even a contest.

    A better comparison would be Luck and Ryan Tannehill.

  13. Can’t believe this question is just now being asked about Andrew Luck.

    Cam has only missed 5 games in 8 years, two of which was due to a car accident and this question is continuously asked about him.

  14. Does Andrew Luck have a durability problem?

    Well, I certainly wouldn’t call it tough Luck.

  15. “Luck is more durable than Newton.”
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    A lot you can fault Newton for but durability isn’t one of them. He’s never played in less than 14 games in any season. He only came into the league one year before Luck but he’s appeared in 123 games to Luck’s 86. Luck has missed an entire season and had another year where he only managed 7 games.

  16. It’s not even the number of games missed, it’s the type of injury. They’re not freak hits. These are more like wear and tear injuries that are likely to get worse with age. The Colts may have already wasted his prime by failing to put a decent team around him until last year.

  17. “Andrew Luck is a giant of a man. When healthy, he’s a great quarterback.”

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    Is that really true?

    Statistically, he appears to be a great QB when healthy. However, he sure has come up small in a lot of big games. Several against the Patriots, KC playoff game last year and many more. He’s had a ton of games with lower than an 80 passer rating and lost most of them. So I would say, while he is good statistically overall, the statistics don’t tell the whole story, because he is inconsistent.

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