Head Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed on Monday that QB Andrew Luck is out for this Sunday’s home tilt against the Arizona Cardinals. While this comes as no surprise given General Manager Chris Ballard’s comments last week indicating that Luck would need to get back to regular practice before taking the field, Pagano did not rule out Luck returning to practice (we wouldn’t count on it).
After a horrible showing by Scott Tolzien, the Colts will consider making a quarterback change this weekend. Pagano made it a point to emphasize the difficulty for Brissett becoming familiar with the playbook over such a short period of time, which leaves the door entirely open that we will still see Tolzien take the field as the starter in the home opener.
However, Pagano did indicate that the Colts brought in a lot of free agents today to take a look at their options at quarterback. When asked about whether Stephen Morris was one of those free agents, Pagano said “no.” The interesting part, as Gregg Doyel notes, is that Chuck interrupted Mike Chappel to go back to the previous question and clarify that the Colts would not bring in a veteran they know as well as they know Morris.
Doyel’s hot take on this is that the door is not shut on Morris returning to the team and, more importantly, that he doesn’t get the impression that he would take over for Brissett but might supplant Tolzien on the roster. Doyel makes it absolutely clear that this is speculation.
On the injury front, Pagano confirmed that Anthony Walker suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday’s game. He also reiterated that Vontae Davis and Ryan Kelly are still week-to-week and will sit out against Arizona. The Colts do hope Chester Rogers will return this week.
On the other side of the ball, the Colts get lucky again as Arizona’s best player, David Johnson, suffered a wrist injury and is very likely out on Sunday. Rumor has it that Johnson may be out 8-12 weeks. If you’re wanting to catch the Colts home opener this weekend, something tells me there will be a lot of tickets for sale with Luck and Johnson out.
COMMENTS ON THE RAMS GAME
Regarding the Mack touchdown that went unchallenged, Pagano said he, “probably should’ve waited to get a better look. I own that one.” Unfortunately, the Colts fan base is way past the taking ownership phase. Everyone in the building, or watching on television, saw that not throwing the challenge flag on that play was a ridiculous decision.
Mike Chappell also reports that Chuck Pagano discussed some of the struggles with the secondary. On T.J. Green specifically, Chuck said that there were some speed bumps but that all pros struggle. While this is true, it still makes little sense to start a player who has played corner for about 100 snaps in his entire football career over a second round rookie who you drafted specifically to play the position.
PRACTICE SQUAD MOVEMENT
In an early week transaction, the Colts signed tackle Tyreek Burwell to the practice squad. A spot opened on the practice squad when the Colts activated G/C Adam Redmond and released RB Matt Jones prior to Sunday’s game. At this point, Jones remains a free agent.
Burwell is in his third NFL season and previously played with the San Diego Chargers. He is 6’6”, weighs 310 lbs., and is 25 yards old. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Chargers following the 2015 NFL Draft.