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 NFL.com 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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Colts Safety Clayton Geathers to Go On the PUP List; Miss First Six Weeks of Season

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Colts safety Clayton Geathers will be placed on the physically unable to perform list, a designation that will carry through the start of the regular season, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

Geathers, who had neck surgery in March, will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. He injured his neck on a fourth-down stop to seal the Colts’ victory against the Tennessee Titans in Week 11 last season. Geathers missed the following game because of a concussion and eventually was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 12 with the neck injury.

Geathers tried every option possible before eventually deciding to have surgery in March, which has put him on the sideline the entire offseason.

Colts RB Christine Michael Heads to IR; Run Game Remains in Flux for 2017

The Indianapolis Colts this last week put veteran running back Christine Michael on the injured reserve list, putting playing in 2017 severely in doubt.

It’s a better bet with a Hollywood casino bonus code that Michael, who inked with the Colts back on June 1st, is going to have an uphill battle if he’s going to have any impact in 2017.

Michael has played 37 career games with Green Bay, Seattle and Dallas over the last four seasons, and while he has shown spurts of being a solid running back, there’s been too much baggage for him to be a top flight player that many have at times speculated that he would be.

To replace Michael on the roster, the Colts signed running back Troymaine Pope. The 5-foot-8, 205-pound Pope played four games with the Seahawks and New York Jets last season, finishing with 12 carries for 44 yards.

the team also made a couple other roster moves, inking two receivers, Harvey Binford, and Fred Brown and linebacker Jeremiah George.

To clear space on the roster, the Colts waived receivers Marcus Leak and Al-Damion Riles and defensive tackle Kristjan Sokoli.

Back to Michael, he was listed third on the depth chart when inked, being veteran Frank Gore, who continues to defy time with the way he’s been able to maintain his strong play despite being now 34 years old.

The team is best looking out there to make sure that they are on the lookout for their running back for the future.

Last season Gore ran for 1,025 yards with four touchdowns, putting up 3.9 yards per carry, this after putting up 3.7 yards per carry two seasons ago when he ran for 967 yards and six touchdowns.

The signing of Pope is interesting. He’s another project in the making, and a player that as stated above has already been with two teams, the Seahawks and the Jets.

If the team isn’t comfortable with Gore, the backup to start the season will be Robert Turbin, who led the Colts with seven touchdowns last season but ran for just 164 yards.

Look for the Colts to continue to be active up until training camp looking for healthy running backs in the free agent market. They also will look at other rosters to see what players might get released.

For now, it’s up to Gore and Turbin to get the job done, a job that will have to be better for the Colts to win in 2017.