Due to Andrew Luck’s lackluster offensive line, he’s been knocked down more than any other quarterback over the last three years. These multitude of hits are starting to take a toll on the young quarterback as he was marked on the Colt’s injury report after Sunday’s win over the Broncos.
Luck is described as having a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle, league sources told us. Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday that Luck likely will not need surgery but called the injury “one heck of a blow.”
Keenan Allen of the San Diego Chargers, was placed on the teams season ending IR as he too was struck with a lacerated kidney. Allen, was told that after the 6 weeks of recovery, it was still unlikely he would be cleared so the team dismissed off the active roster. Luck’s timeline is between 2-6 weeks, but Chuck Pagano expects luck to be on the sidelines for at least a month.
So what does that mean for Luck?
Luck has been pretty banged up this year. Earlier in the year Luck had to watch backup Matt Hasslebeck lead the Colts to two victories while Luck was out with a shoulder injury. A few weeks after Luck took back the starting job, there was speculation on whether the Colts were holding undisclosed information on an apparent rib injury. However, it was overlooked after Luck was ruled out with his newly acquired injuries.
The Colts are in good hands for the time being. The 40 year old Hasslebeck is 2-0 under the Colts this year and is showing signs of his earlier years as a Seahawk. But Hasslebeck might have to lead this team the rest of the season. Lucks timeline isn’t definite, and could be prolonged. The Colts might have to look to Hasslbeck to lead them to playoffs if Luck doesn’t get cleared in time. Based on the numbers, that may not be a bad thing, but one things for sure, Luck isn’t healthy, and hasn’t been all season.
If the rest of the season is what it takes for the young superstar to get bette then so be it. Luck is young and doesn’t want to risk any long term injuries, so for the time being, look to Matt Hasslebeck as the face of the Colts.