The Indianapolis Colts managed to pull out a win in overtime today against the Jacksonville Jaguars despite the fact that they were playing without their franchise player, as Andrew Luck missed the first game of his career due to an injury to his throwing shoulder.
All things considered, even though it was an ugly win it is still impressive to be able to notch a division win to improve to 2-2 on the season when getting your quarterback rest. That's a positive no matter what. The Colts now have a short week, as they will play on Thursday Night Football on the road against the Houston Texans.
While the hope is that Andrew Luck will be out there, it's no guarantee at this point. According to the MMQB's Peter King, "it's no better than 50/50" at this point that Luck will be playing. This is what he said tonight on NBC's Football Night in America show:
"Andrew Luck missed the first game of his NFL career today with a shoulder injury. Now they have the short week this week, they go to Houston on Thursday. It's no better than 50/50 that he will play at Houston. He was getting rehab just an hour ago at the Colts' facility, so they're trying everything they can to get him going."
Of course, it's too early to tell one way or the other whether Luck will play, but it sounds like it's still very much a question at this point. Luck was on the sidelines and involved in today's game, and after the game he was getting treatment. "He made progress all week," head coach Chuck Pagano said after the game today. "He made progress. So we're going to continue, he's getting treatment right now. He'll work out tomorrow and we'll just take it day-to-day and see where he's at."
Pagano said that they had Luck workout on Saturday and hoped that he would come in today and be ready to play, but that, "when he woke up this morning he wasn't quite there and didn't have the arm strength and all that stuff we decided to go with Matt."
The Colts lead the AFC South and stand at 2-2 right now, with both wins coming over division opponents. They face a tough test on Thursday night, as going on the road on a short week to play a divisional opponent is never easy. And then, ten days after that, they host the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. The Colts need Luck to get healthy, but they also can't rush him back if he's still injured and not ready to play. So they're trying to get him ready for this Thursday's game, but at this point that's no certainty.