Colts Shut Down Andrew Luck, May Not Play Vs Steelers

I know we’re still a couple weeks away but news worth passing on, especially in light of the Aaron Rodgers’ injury Sunday. The Indianapolis Colts announced they’re shutting down Andrew Luck’s rehab due to persistent shoulder soreness.

“He’ll continue to rehab,” Colts’ GM Chris Ballard said, via ESPN’s Mike Wells. “We’re just going to shut down the throwing right now to get this thing calmed back down.”

Ballard didn’t put a timetable on Luck’s return and did not rule out the possibility of eventually having to place him on injured reserve, which would end his season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to play the Colts on November 12th, three weeks away. It would seem highly unlikely Luck will be cleared to play by then. He’s the face of their franchise and with the team struggling, there’s no compelling reason to rush him back.

“We want to get to a point where he can practice every day. His long-term success is at what we’re looking for,” Ballard said.

Assuming Luck is out, Jacoby Brissett should continue to start. In five starts this season, he’s completed 60% of his passes for three touchdowns and three interceptions. But he’s been sacked 14 times behind a patchwork offensive line also hindered by injury.

The Steelers have gotten away from playing some talented quarterbacks this season. Sam Bradford missed the Steelers game, thrusting Case Keenum into the lineup. Rodgers is likely done for the season, meaning Brett Hundley will take over. And now, the Steelers are good bets to avoid Luck. There’s also Marcus Mariota, dealing with a hamstring injury, who will play the Steelers in a month.

Luck has faced the Steelers just once in his career. In 2014, he threw for 400 yards, three touchdowns, and a pair of picks in a 51-34 shootout loss to the Steelers. He missed last year’s game as well, forcing the hopelessly inept Scott Tolzien to bumble his way to a 28-7 loss.

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  • Alex K

    Colts were gifted a new franchise QB and they ran him into the ground behind a terrible offensive line.

    Oh and having Arians as his first OC probably didn’t help. Arians sets up his QBs for injury by coaching them to hold onto the ball for deep shots. No wonder Luck is already falling apart.

  • Mark Stouffer

    That’s stunning, that Luck has been injured the last two times they played, and will probably be again this year.
    The one win over him though is one of my favorites, because of Big Ben’s 522 yard, 6 TD game. The best statistical performance of his career.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Steelers expected to face Kessler, Bridgewater (maybe Bradford), Luck, Mariota, Rodgers, and Savage this year. We might very well end up facing Kizer (twice), Keenum, Brissett, Cassel, Hundley, and Watson. Unreal.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Steelers blueprint should give Colts a clue. Invest in O-Line talent and protect your QB.

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    Luck (not the QB) is all part of the NFL.

  • r8erh8er

    So you’re saying the Steelers are going to struggle and probably lose.

  • Steel Your Face

    Andrew Luck dribbles the basketball with both hands.

  • Steve

    Not just that, but having a short passing game to get the ball out quicker and a good running game to make the Defence honest and not pinning their ears back, to come after your QB.

  • Darth Blount 47

    All of the starting QB’s are dropping like flies in front of Pittsburgh. Any chance we get such a gift prior to week 15? I hope not. Karma-wise, I don’t want to wish ill upon anyone. Oh, and I want him healthy. I want him so healthy, that he’s burping kale and avocados, while we are sacking his behind into the ground.

  • pcantidote

    We had the same problem with Ben taking a beating in his early years.

  • pcantidote

    I know it feels good to see games get potentially easier on paper, but one has to wonder if game experience vs. top tier QBs might better prepare us for January.

  • RyanW

    Then he went and through for 6 TD’s the next week against the Ratbirds haha

  • RyanW

    Watson is looking like a beast tho haha I’d rather we play Savage.

  • nutty32

    Most pitchers are never the same off a shoulder injury if they ever come back at all. Guess Drew Brees made the comeback from a shoulder but more than even chance Luck is done as one of the elites. On the bright side, Jacoby Brisett doesn’t look half bad; could be a pretty decent west coast offense QB.

  • mem359

    The “plan” to beat Brady, up to this year, was to hit him early & often, and force him to throw long instead of dink & dunk. And this year, he is getting smacked around, but still managing to beat teams with the long ball. Weird… Maybe that means he will finally have a bad game against the Steelers.

  • Rocksolid20

    Which one will we make look like a HOF QB ?

  • Rocksolid20

    The kind of guy that chews us up as we
    over look a gifted win .

  • T3xassteelers

    Lol I drafted him late in fantasy and looks like I may get nothing except a wasted roster spot..

  • T3xassteelers

    Hundley.. Lol

  • Iulo

    you pointed it out correctly… but you forgot Manning… So you have a Team with two true franchise QB’s, one after another, and could only won one Ring!!! only ONE!!!

  • Alex K

    They also prematurely ended Manning’s career by playing him behind a terrible offensive line for years. Leading to the neck injury that killed his arm. Manning might still be playing.

  • NW86

    Actually they were following the Steelers blueprint. The Steelers had a poor OL the first half of Ben’s career, and Arians as OC, and Ben took a lot of sacks. Check. To continue the blueprint, in a couple years it would be time to starting building that OL through the draft. The only difference is Ben was durable enough to last through the beatings, where it appears that Luck isn’t.

  • Michael James

    It’s borderline crime what the Colts did to Luck. They get the most talented QB in over a decade handed to them and then they run him into the ground behind an incredibly poor OL.