On Sunday, a report came out from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was dealing with multiple fractured ribs, confirming what most people thought in that he was playing injured. The NFL said they would look into why Luck wasn't on the injury report if he was indeed injured (a clear violation of league rules), after which Colts general manager Ryan Grigson claimed that his team's injury reports are accurate. Then after Monday night's game, head coach Chuck Pagano and Luck very interestingly did not deny the reports of a rib injury affecting the quarterback, leading to even more speculation. The Colts fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton on Tuesday night, and now Andrew Luck is apparently healthy. Magic.
Here's what NFL Media's Ian Rapoport had to say this morning:
One bonus for new #Colts OC Rob Chudzinski: QB Andrew Luck, who battled rib & shoulder ailments earlier, is fully healthy now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 4, 2015
I'm not doubting that Rapoport legitimately has heard this, but I am doubting whether or not it's actually true. Almost everyone who looked at Luck's game came away saying that he looked hurt. And if there was no injury, why not put the claims to rest by saying as much? The Colts aren't exactly the model of truthfulness in the first place, but a strong denial of the reports about Luck's injury would have been a lot more convincing than an "I'm not going to get into that right now" or "We've released a statement." Neither Ryan Grigson nor Chuck Pagano nor Andrew Luck have denied an injury, which makes no sense unless Luck is actually hurt.
We know that the NFL is looking into whether the Colts violated rules by not disclosing an injury to Luck, and the last thing that Ryan Grigson or this organization needs after the whole defaltegate saga over wanting an even playing field is to be caught breaking rules themselves. So I'm not surprised to hear a report now come out stating that Luck is healthy, but forgive me if I'm not buying it yet.