Luck in Concussion Protocol; Likely Won’t Be Able to Go Thursday Vs Steelers

Andrew Luck

The Colts are coming off a big win Sunday against the Titans, but may pay a big price for it, as today it was announced that franchise quarterback Andrew Luck is in concussion protocol, and it’s very much up in the air if he’ll play or not on Thanksgiving against the Steelers.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Luck began experiencing symptoms at a later time and was diagnosed after the team got the victory.

The coach said the injury took place at some point in the fourth quarter of the win.

As of now the Colts are planning on 29-year-old backup QB Scott Tolzien starting against the Steelers, a team that has beaten the Colts by a combined 96-44 in their last two matchups.

Tolzien has just two NFL starts in his career, and beyond throwing one pass last season for Green Bay, Tolzien hasn’t seen regular-season action since 2013.

Getting Luck ready for Thursday is a longshot at best at this point.

Colts Fast Start Enough to Hold Off Titans 24-17

Tennessee Titans v Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a big early lead Sunday, and the defense held on in the second half for a 24-17 victory over Tennessee.

Indianapolis (5-5) evened its record by winning back-to-back games for the first time this season.

And by earning their 11th straight victory in the series, the Colts climbed into second place in the AFC South.

For Tennessee (5-6) , it was more frustration against an old nemesis.

Luck was 15 of 28 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and one interception as the Colts scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions for a 21-0 lead.

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Titans vs Colts NFL Week 11 Inactives

Titans: WR Tre McBride, RB David Fluellen, DB Curtis Riley, G Sebastian Tretola, TE Jace Amaro, OLB Kevin Dodd, NT Al Woods

Colts: CB Patrick Robinson, CB Christopher Milton, LB Deon King, OL Le’Raven Clark, OL Austin Blythe, WR Devin Street, LB Curt Maggitt

Chiefs vs Colts NFL Week Eight Inactives

Chiefs: RB Jamaal Charles, CB D.J. White, QB Tyler Bray, OL Jordan Devey, LB Sam Barrington, OL Bryan Witzmann, TE Ross Travis

Colts: TE Dwayne Allen, OL Jack Mewhort, WR Chester Rogers, OT Le’Raven Clark, DE Kendall Langford, OLB Curt Maggitt, DT Henry Anderson

Luck’s Late TD to Doyle Enough as Colts Top Titans 34-26

Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans

Andrew Luck threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle with 1:55 left to put Indianapolis ahead to stay, and the Colts rallied to beat the Titans 34-26 Sunday for their 10th straight win against their AFC South rival.

The Colts (3-4) came in having lost two of three, including blowing a 14-point lead in an overtime loss last week at Houston. But Luck has never lost to Tennessee, and he improved to 8-0 against the Titans with yet another comeback win. He finished with 353 yards passing and three TDs, the last after Tennessee went up 23-20.

T.Y. Hilton caught seven passes for 133 yards, including a 37-yard TD . The Colts shook off 12 penalties for 131 yards in pulling out their 15th win in 16 games against Tennessee.

The Titans (3-4) saw their two-game winning streak end.

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Colts at Titans NFL Week Seven Inactives

Colts: WR Phillip Dorsett, WR Donte Moncrief, TE Dwayne Allen, OG Jack Mewhort, Jack Mewhort, LB Curt Maggitt, DL Zach Kerr, DE Henry Anderson

Titans:
TE Jace Amaro, LB Aaron Wallace, CB Cody Riggs, DB Curtis Riley, G Sebastian Tretola, WR Harry Douglas, DL Austin Johnson

Colts vs Titans NFL Week Seven Capsule

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-4) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (3-3)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  COLTS TITANS
SERIES LEADER 29-13  
STREAKS 14 of past 15  
COACHES VS. OPP. Chuck Pagano: 8-0 Mike Mularkey: 1-3
LAST WEEK L 26-23 (OT) at Houston W 28-26 vs Cleveland
LAST GAME 1/3/16: Titans 24 at Colts 30. Indianapolis QBs Ryan Lindley and Josh Freeman combine for 207 yards & 2 TDs. Colts LB Jerrell Freeman records 23-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/27/15: Colts 35, Titans 33. Indianapolis RB Frank Gore rushes for 86 yards & 2 TDs. Colts S Dwight Lowery records 2 INTs, including 69-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Jerome Boger
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 121 (Ind), 145 (Ten). XM: 382 (Ind), 227 (Ten).

STATS

PASSING Andrew Luck: 152-237-1721-11-4-94.2 Marcus Mariota: 117-189-1372-10-6-88.3
RUSHING Frank Gore: 100-434-4.3-2 DeMarco Murray: 114-526-4.6-4
RECEIVING T.Y. Hilton: 38-556-14.6-3 DeMarco Murray (RB): 24-172-7.2-2
OFFENSE 364.2 366.2
TAKE/GIVE 0 -3
DEFENSE 411.2 324.0
SACKS Erik Walden: 4 Brian Orakpo: 7 (3L)
INTs Darius Butler, Vontae Davis: 1 Perrish Cox, Jason McCourty: 2
PUNTING Pat McAfee: 50.4 (2L) Brett Kern: 46.2
KICKING Adam Vinatieri: 62 (1L) (14/14 PAT; 16/16 FG) Ryan Succop: 30 (12/13 PAT; 6/8 FG)

NOTES

COLTS: QB ANDREW LUCK is 7-0 as starter vs. Ten. (4-0 at Ten.)…RB FRANK GORE has 432 scrimmage yards (108 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 4 meetings. Has 4 rush TDs in 2 games at Ten. Ranks 9th in NFL history with 12,474 rush yards, incl. 106 yards last week…WR. T.Y. HILTON had 4 catches for 94 yards (23.5 per game) in last game at Ten. Has 28 catches for 436 yards (109 per game) & 3 TDs in past 4. WR PHILLIP DORSETT had 35-yard TD catch at Ten. on 9/27/15…LB ERIK WALDEN has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 4. LB ROBERT MATHIS has 2 sacks & FF in past 3 meetings. Ranks 4th among active NFL players with 119 sacks & 1st with 48 def. FFs. DE KENDALL LANGFORD has 3 sacks in past 3 meetings. S MIKE ADAMS has 3 INTs, FF & FR in past 6 vs. Ten…K ADAM VINATIERI has made 41 consecutive FGs, 2nd longest streak in NFL history…TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 367 yards & 2 TDs in only start vs. Ind. Has 6 pass TDs, 125.3 rating, 124 rush yards & rush TD in past 2…Since 2013, RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads NFL with 32 rush TDs & is 2nd with 4,194 rush yards. In past 4, has rushed for 395 yards (98.8 per game) & 4 TDs…Since 2015, TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 3rd among NFL TEs in catches (111) & 4th in rec. yards (1,334). WR ANDRE JOHNSON spent 2015 with Ind. In past 7 vs. Colts, has 57 catches for 839 yards (119.9 per game) & 7 TDs. Is active leader in career catches (1,062) & 2nd among active players with 14,185 rec. yards. WR KENDALL WRIGHT had 8 catches for 133 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Ind. with TD…LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 7 sacks in past 5 & aims for 6th in row with sack. Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 25.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. Has 3 sacks in past 2. LB DERRICK MORGAN has 3 sacks in past 2. LB AVERY WILLIAMSON leads team with 45 tackles.

Colts Ink TE Chase Coffman Following Injury to Dwayne Allen

Dwayne Allen

On Tuesday morning, the Colts signed veteran tight end Chase Coffman, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.

The move to bring Coffman onboard comes after the Colts were awaiting MRI results for Dwayne Allen ’s injured right ankle.

Allen suffered the injury on the fifth snap of Sunday’s loss to Houston. While engaging former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, Allen was rolled up on at the bottom of a pile.

NFL.com has reported that Allen is “week-to-week” and will likely miss some time.

On Sunday night, the Colts relied on Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope to make up for Allen’s loss.

Luck Says He’ll Take the Blame for Sacks for Holding the Ball Too Long

Andrew Luck

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on pace to be sacked an astonishing 60 times this season, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

An ongoing narrative is that one of the reasons why Luck has already been sacked 20 times through the first five games is because he holds the ball too long.

Luck is currently averaging 2.81 seconds to attempt a pass (NFL average is 2.48 seconds), according to ESPN Stats and Information. He’s thrown seven of his 10 touchdown passes when taking longer than the league average. Luck, though, has been sacked 15 times in that time span because the offensive line has not done an adequate job blocking.

Luck, in typical Andrew Luck fashion, would rather take the blame for the sacks rather than point the finger at his protection.

“You are going to have a clock in your head regardless of how much you are getting hit or not hit or sacked or whatever that is,” Luck said. “Again, I have said this before, I don’t think the sacks are necessarily indicative of how well our offensive line is playing. You can probably blame me for holding the ball too long. It is that clock developing in the game.”

Luck at times has missed opportunities to deliver the ball more quickly, but he’s only been a small part of the problem.

One could suggest that offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski should call plays for Luck to get rid of the ball quicker to avoid taking as many hits. That’s a good thought and all, but their receivers don’t always have success getting off press coverage to get open underneath quickly. The other reason is the Colts are at their best when getting chunk plays.

“It’s a double-edged sword like most things in professional sports,” Luck said. “We know as an offense that big plays are great but also first downs and touchdowns are great. Everything positive is great for an offense. It’s finding the right balance and I think we are still working at getting that.”