As it currently stands, the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck are playing the waiting game. Luck received a cortisone shot following some pain to his surgically repaired shoulder, but it appears that the pain did not subside as a result.
Reports from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports suggest that Luck received additional opinions as to why his shoulder was continuing to experience pain after the shot. Glazer goes on to say that if the Colts don’t receive answers Luck may be placed on season-ending Injured Reserve.
Andrew Luck started feeling pain after throwing couple weeks ago so he's seeking further opinions to figure why still in pain— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2017
After an awful first half to the season, this is not the news Colts fans wanted to hear. Jacoby Brissett has filled in admirably at times, being thrown right into the mix after being acquired from the New England Patriots before the Colts season opener.
He has also looked like an inexperienced second-year quarterback — which he is — for the majority of his time, but showed great improvement fundamentally in Week 8. In the end, there’s no mistaking how important Luck is to this Colts team and their hopes of getting to the post season.
Luck hasn’t practiced since after the Colts loss to the Tennessee Titans and it doesn’t appear that he is anywhere near that being a possibility anytime soon. If we’re being completely honest here, the chances that Luck returns at all seems like a long shot and could be argued that it isn’t even a shot worth taking.
If the Colts didn’t have a backup quarterback who has shown quality potential, and the team wasn’t already 2-6 then maybe, but they do, and they are. If he’s not ready by now, and simply throwing is drawing this much pain, Luck is in no shape to be getting hit each and every Sunday.
The future is far more important than 2017.