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NFL Week Two Inactives – Colts at Titans

Here’s the inactives for the Colts and Titans week two battle.

Colts

OT Le’Raven Clark
TE Hale Hentges
S Rolan Milligan
DE Jabaal Sheard
CB Marvell Tell
DE Kemoko Turay
RB Jonathan Williams

Titans

OG Nate Davis
RB David Fluellen
LB Reggie Gilbert
C Hroniss Grasu
OG Kevin Pamphile
CB Tye Smith
DE Brent Urban

Colts Were Screwed by the Officials Sunday After League Admits Wrong First Quarter Call

Losing in overtime on opening day is as tough as it gets. It actually got worse on Tuesday for the Colts through after the league admitted an official’s mistake may have cost them the game.

The NFL admitted to the Colts that referees blew a call in the 1st quarter that ended up turning a Chargers field goal into a Chargers touchdown, four huge points that clearly changed the outlook on the game.

The incident took place on the Chargers’ second drive of the game, after the Colts forced a 22-yard field goal attempt by Ty Long.

The kick was good, but the referees called an unnecessary roughness penalty on defensive tackle Denico Autry.

It gave Los Angeles a first down, and they scored two plays later.

Today the league said that the call was incorrect, a critical mistake that could have helped the Colts in a big time way.

Colts WR Devin Funchess Breaks His Collarbone During Loss to Chargers

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett won’t have one of his pass-catchers for quite some time, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

Receiver Devin Funchess suffered a broken collarbone in their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon, a source told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Funchess will get a second opinion on his scans but is expected to undergo surgery, Pelissero added.

Funchess suffered the injury with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter when Brissett targeted him deep on Indy’s game-tying drive. He had three catches on five targets for 32 yards at the time of his departure.

The wideout joined Indianapolis on a one-year, $10 million deal in free agency after four years in Carolina.

Colts Coach Frank Reich Says Andrew Luck Did Not Let the Team Down by Retiring

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Colts coach Frank Reich sits in a difficult spot having watched his starting quarterback Andrew Luck retire at the age of 29. Reich, however, approaches the upcoming campaign with the confidence his team is built to withstand the massive loss, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Reich spoke to his team Monday about Luck’s retirement, instilling bravado that the Colts aren’t lost in the wilderness without their franchise captain.

“This morning we talked about the word paradox,” a calm and confident Reich said. “For example, everyone makes a unique contribution on this team, yet everyone is replaceable. We can deeply love and respect and care for each individual, yet the team must come first, therefore, when it came to Andrew’s retirement, that word paradox kind of helps me, can help us make sense of what’s going on. On one hand, we can respect and honor the player and the teammate that Andrew is and was. But at the same time, we can share an excitement and an enthusiasm about the team that we have going forward and the journey ahead of us. Ultimately, it’s not about how good any one player is. It’s not. It’s about how good we are, as a team.”

Reich reiterated that while it’s always difficult to replace a player of Luck’s caliber, the Colts are built to withstand the loss of any one man.

“Someone asked me a question the other day, is there any sense that you felt like Andrew is letting down the team? And the answer was an emphatic no,” the coach said. “And why is that? Colts fans know that we use a metaphor around here of climbing Mount Everest to depict the journey of a regular season, and the quest to get to the top and win a world championship. And anyone who’s made that climb knows that it requires a total commitment of the heart, complete and total commitment of the heart. When Andrew spoke to us the other day, he spoke of how the cycle of injury and pain and rehab, injury, pain, rehab, injury, pain, rehab, over four years had taken its toll. It had essentially sucked the passion, the joy, the fun out of football. So, Andrew did the right thing. He did the right thing for himself, and he did the right thing for the team, knowing the requirement and the commitment that’s needed of the journey ahead. He did the courageous thing, and he did the honorable thing.”

Luck’s abrupt retirement came after he was worn down after a litany of health issues from a lacerated kidney, a shoulder injury that wiped out an entire season, and the latest calf/ankle issue.

On Monday, Reich spoke glowingly of his former quarterback’s journey ahead in the game of life. Neither Luck nor the Colts are done climbing.

“One last thing, we all know, as far as Andrew’s concerned, make no mistake about it, this guy isn’t done climbing mountains, he’s very talented,” Reich said. “This is just a new beginning and a new chapter for him. Can you imagine if he inspired millions of kids to learn how to read? How would that mountain be to climb?

“But also let me assure Colts fans of this: This team is not done climbing. In fact, we’re just getting ready. We’re just getting started, and we can’t wait. I just feel like Chris (Ballard) and his staff have done an unbelievable job of assembling a team of players. This locker room is special. There’s a character quality and a passion for this game and this city and what the horseshoe represents that is special. And we believe that our players will rise to that challenge and that occasion. We’re ready for the journey ahead. We believe we have the formula of what it takes to have a successful journey. We have the right makeup, we have the right locker room. We have the talent. This is a very talented football team in all three phases.”

Jacoby Brissett takes over under center. Reich called the 26-year-old a top-20 caliber starting quarterback in the NFL.

“I’ve been here for two years,” Brissett said. “The same system with a lot of the same guys so I think that’ll help us out a lot. We’ve gained a relationship. We’ve had those tough conversations and so it’s an ongoing thing. … It’s still week after week, day after day that we have the opportunity to get better.”

Reich also added that while he will tweak the offense slightly to accentuate Brissett’s skill set, it won’t change much.

“We have a vision, the Colts fans know what our vision is,” Reich said. “We’re all about the process. Get one percent better every day and go 1-0 every week. And then we have the support of Colts nation. There’s going to be challenges along the way, we know that for sure. That’s what climbing Mount Everest is all about. There nothing easy about it, not one thing about easy about it. But I can’t help but think back to an old saying that an old coach of mine used to say all the time (former Bills legendary coach Marv Levy), and that’s this: there’s no place I’d rather be than right here, right now.”

Videos of Various Segments Detailing the Sudden Retirement of Colts QB Andrew Luck

The Complete Andrew Luck press conference from Saturday night:

Luck’s former teammate Matt Hasselbeck reacts to Luck’s NFL retirement announcement. Hasselbeck explains that Colts fans booing Luck as he exited the field at the Colts preseason game vs. the Bears is disappointing and describes how Luck was one of the toughest competitors he ever played with.

Steve Young weighs in on Luck retiring from the NFL after seven seasons. Young says Luck felt like it was time to go after dealing with injuries for four straight seasons and that people have to respect the way the Colts QB played the game as he was never afraid to take a hit.

Ryan Clark says Luck’s decision to retire is the “most shocked I’ve been on any news.” Clark details the battle Luck has been facing with injuries and how his teammates in the locker room should react to his decision.

Former Colts teammate Reggie Wayne thanked Luck for helping extend his career as he reacted to Luck’s shocking retirement from the NFL.

Colts and Luck Reach Settlement Over Money; QB Won’t Owe Team Any Money

Many Colts fans are still in shock and numb over what’s taken place in the last 16 hours with the stunning announcement that franchise quarterback Andrew Luck is retiring.

Life will go on in the NFL, and the team now likely will have to turn to Jacoby Brissett as their starting QB to at least begin the 2019 campaign.

There’s a lot of fallout from the retirement of Luck, including what happens to all the money that was to go to their quarterback?

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Colts could have gotten back $24.8 million from Luck, but that the two sides have already reached a financial settlement that will not take back any of the money they are owed.

Luck could have owed the Colts $12.8 million as a prorated portion of the $32 million signing bonus the Colts gave him when he signed his five-year extension in 2016, and another $12 million in roster bonuses he was paid in March. But Indianapolis waived its right to recoup the money and is allowing Luck to keep it all, after the poundings he’s taken and all he’s given to the franchise. It is, in an official way, his parting gift.

Shortly after the news of Luck’s retirement broke Saturday night, Colts owner Jim Irsay estimated Luck might be losing out on a half-billion dollars in potential NFL wages by retiring now.

“It’s a tough thing, look it, he’s leaving $450 million on the table potentially,” Irsay said. “I mean, a half a billion dollars, and he’s saying, ‘You know what, I want to have my integrity. I have to be able to look (wide receiver) T.Y. (Hilton) in the eye, look my teammates, look Coach, look (GM) Chris (Ballard) and say, I’m all in,’ and he just didn’t feel he could do that.”

We will see if the Colts will try to make calls around the league to try and grab another quarterback, which might be tough with two weeks left before the season kicks off, or if they are confident enough that Brissett can be good enough to lead this team to a successful 2019.

Colts QB Andrew Luck to Retire; Tells Owner Jim Irsay He’s Mentally Worn Down

In a move that can only be defined as a stunner, Colts franchise quarterback and former first-overall draft choice Andrew Luck is reportedly retiring after seven seasons in the NFL.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Luck is going to officially announce his retirement from the league on Sunday.

The Colts QB, who will turn 30 in mid-September, has met with Colts owner Jim Irsay to tell him of the decision, according to the ESPN report.

Luck has had a tough offseason, dealing with what was described as a calf injury, and then there was a report that the calf injury had moved to being more of a high ankle sprain.

He was ruled out of the preseason, and there was question marks if he would be ready for the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Luck suffered a shoulder injury in Week 3 of the 2015 season, and has since it’s been tough for him to stay healthy.

He has missed 26 games, including the entire 2017 season, due to shoulder, kidney and rib injuries.

2018 was a great year for Luck, as he came back and led the team to the postseason as a wild card, winning a game in the wild card round in Houston against the Texans before losing to the Chiefs in the AFC Divisional round in Kansas City.

Last season he threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

With Luck walking away, a successful season for the Colts is very much in question. The depth chart at quarterback includes Jacoby Brissett, who likely will open the year at QB, and basically unknowns in Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly.

Colts WR Daurice Fountain Carted Off During Practice with Broken Ankle

Colts wide receiver Daurice Fountain was carted off the field Thursday afternoon during the team’s joint practice with the Browns with a broken and dislocated left ankle according to George Bremer of CNHI Sports Indiana.

From all indications it was a gruesome and painful scene as Fountain could be heard “screaming from the sideline” and the two teams gathered around in prayer. Colts owner Jim Irsay attempted to console Fountain before he was carted away.

Originally a fifth-round pick out of Northern Iowa in 2018, Fountain appeared in only one game during his rookie season but was reportedly having an excellent training camp before the injury. The 23-year-old’s NFL future is now seriously in doubt.

Jim Irsay Says Andrew Luck’s Injury Similar to Former Colts DE Raheem Brock

Andrew Luck’s ongoing absence from Indianapolis Colts training camp is related to a bone issue in his lower left leg, according to team owner Jim Irsay.

Irsay told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday that Luck’s injury is similar to that of former Colts defensive end Raheem Brock, ESPN reports.

“I know everyone’s had their questions about Andrew and that sort of thing, but I really feel very confident that he’s going to find his way through this thing,” Irsay said. “I think after the [Kevin] Durant thing [that] everyone’s erring on the side of caution, but quite frankly this is not even in the Achilles tendon. It’s in another area. It’s a bone. You know I’m not good at these things. … It’s a small little bone.”

Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June.

Irsay did not indicate whether Luck’s diagnosis had any effect on his eventual return to the field.

The Colts announced July 29 that Luck was going to stop practicing until he felt like his calf was 100 percent healthy. Luck said the following day that his Achilles was not at extra risk of injury.