Colts Owner Jim Irsay Says Andrew Luck’s Shoulder Looks Good for a 2018 Return

Colts owner Jim Irsay gave an update on Andrew Luck’s status to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport this week during Winter League Meeting, and all signs are pointing toward the franchise quarterback’s return next season, Nick Shook of reports.

“He’s doing great,” Irsay told Rapoport. “He’s doing well. [We’re] disappointed obviously it’s taken as long as it’s taken. You know, medicine and the way it goes. But there hasn’t been any unusual setback. We didn’t find out anything ominous, something we didn’t know about or anything like that. It’s just taken time for him to go through his whole aspect of rehabbing and progressing and working through the soreness.”

Irsay, noted proponent of “the four-inch field between your ears,” has openly wondered how much of Luck’s injury was mental. Luck has since gone overseas for treatment, which should tell the public all they need to know about the seriousness of his nagging shoulder ailment.

Fortunately, it sounds as though the worst is in the rearview mirror for the quarterback and his ever-valuable arm.

“He’s still in Europe but he’s coming home very shortly,” Irsay told Rapoport. “No additional surgery at this point planned.”

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Luck Out for Week Two Vs Cardinals; Who Gets the Nod at QB for the Colts?

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Monday the team has ruled Andrew Luck out for Week 2 against the Cardinals, ESPN reports.

Luck will not practice this week, according to Pagano, who said he hasn’t made a decision as to whether Scott Tolzien or Jacoby Brissett will start under center.

The Colts still have not released a definitive timetable for Luck’s return from his January shoulder surgery.

Tolzien started Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Rams and struggled, passing for just 128 yards and throwing two interceptions. Brissett entered the game in the fourth quarter and passed for 51 yards.

Colts Turn Their Luck to Start 2017 to QB Scott Tolzien

IF the Colts are going to be competitive in the AFC South this season, they will have to get use to the fact they will need more than Andrew Luck in order to do it.

No team can rely on one player to win them a championship, and if you get to betfair for their betfair sign up offer right now, you can see the Colts are a whopping 50/1 to win the Super Bowl, a lot of the reason why being the fact that Luck is still nowhere near ready to go and play 16 games.

For week one, we already know that it’s going to be Scott Tolzien taking over for Luck, and if he can’t get the job done while the team waits for Luck to get back into action, they will turn at some point to recently traded for Jacoby Brissett.

But don’t count Tolzien out just yet.

Colts tight end Jack Doyle had some pretty interesting comments about Tolzien on Friday on NFL Networks morning show – Good Morning Football.

He said that while he can understand a lot of Colts fans might be upset about the situation with Luck and him not being able to take the field right now, don’t fall asleep on the Colts starter for this week in Tolzien, as he feels there’s some fire there for the quarterback to show up and play well.

“Scott’s a great competitor first off, he’s done a great job coming in here and taking command of the offense in Andrew’s absence and he’s a fearless competitor,” Doyle said. “That’s what you’ll see from him. Smart guy. Can make all the throws. So you see a guy that comes out there and really competes and has the desire to lead this team and win.”

Tolzien himself got a rude intro in the NFL last season, and while it will also be up to the Colts to keep the quarterback upright, the Colts Sunday starter sounded at ease when he spoke to the assembled media on Wednesday.

“It is different, but surprisingly, it’s not as different as you might think because you always prepare as if you’re going to start,” Tolzien said on Wednesday at the Colts practice. “You just try to treat it like every other game and not make it any different.”

That is easier said than done, but a good start to 2017 is key for this Colts team, and like it or not, it will be up to their QB in Tolzien to get the job done.

Report: Colts QB Andrew Luck Won’t Be Ready for the Opening Day

The Colts are closing in on the start of the season, and for now it doesn’t look good for the team to have starting QB Andrew Luck being under center for the first snaps of the season.

Colts Ink Veteran Cornerbacks Chris Culliver and Corey White

The Colts Monday signed free agent cornerbacks Chris Culliver and Corey White. The team also placed cornerback Darryl Morris on the Injured Reserve List and waived-injured guard Blake Muir. If Muir clears waivers, he will revert to the Colts Injured Reserve List.

Culliver, 6-0, 199 pounds, has played in 52 career games (26 starts) and totaled 137 tackles (119 solo), seven interceptions, 34 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his time with the Miami Dolphins (2016), Washington Redskins (2015) and San Francisco 49ers (2011-14). He has seen action in five postseason contests (two starts) and registered 21 tackles (19 solo), one interception and four passes defensed. Culliver was originally selected by the 49ers in the third round (80th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of South Carolina.

White, 6-1, 210 pounds, has seen action in 66 career games (24 starts) and compiled 151 tackles (123 solo), 1.0 sack, six interceptions, 22 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his time with the Buffalo Bills (2016), Arizona Cardinals (2015), Dallas Cowboys (2015) and New Orleans Saints (2012-14). He has played in two postseason contests (two starts) and recorded eight tackles (seven solo). White was originally selected by the Saints in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Samford.

Morris, 5-10, 186 pounds, has played in 48 career games (three starts) and tallied 73 tackles (58 solo), 12 passes defensed, two interceptions and one special teams stop in his time with the Colts (2016), Houston Texans (2014-15) and San Francisco 49ers (2013). Last season, he appeared in 12 games (two starts) for Indianapolis and made 34 tackles (27 solo), six passes defensed, one interception and one special teams stop.

Muir, 6-6, 309 pounds, signed with the Colts as a free agent on May 15, 2017. He spent time on the practice squads of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers as a rookie in 2016.

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Colts GM Chris Ballard Says No Word on the Return of Andrew Luck

It seems no one really knows exactly when Andrew Luck will return to practicing and playing for the Colts, but don’t necessarily expect him to start the season on the physically unable to perform list, Conor Orr of reports.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero on Wednesday that although there is no timeline for Luck’s return, all indications point to the quarterback not starting the season on PUP. Luck has progressed in his throwing program the past two weeks, rebuilding motion and strength — and the Colts don’t want their franchise QB skipping steps or rushing back, Pelissero reported.

Ballard’s comment comes a day after Colts coach Chuck Pagano reiterated he didn’t have a timeline for Luck’s return as the team prepares for its preseason opener against the Lions.

“We are where we are with that,” Pagano told reporters Tuesday, via ESPN. “There’s no timeline. When they say he’s healthy and ready to go, we’ll get him out there. He’s played a lot of football.”

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