Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is being shut down due to soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder. Luck, who has yet to take a snap this season and only recently returned to practice, is without a timetable for his return. The three-time Pro Bowler had been throwing every other day the past two weeks.
Colts trainers and doctors shut down Luck on Wednesday after he required a cortisone shot and general manager Chris Ballard told reporters he is unsure when his $140m quarterback might resume throwing.
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“I don’t think it’ll be long, but I don’t want to sit here and give you an exact date and it doesn’t happen and you’re saying, ‘What was that guy talking about?'” Ballard said.
Luck will miss his seventh consecutive game Sunday when the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) visit Lucas Oil Stadium.
It has always been about Luck’s long-term health, not the short term. The Colts are fine enduring their current lumps because they want to ensure that Luck is their starting quarterback for years to come. Jacoby Brissett, who was acquired from New England on Sept. 2, will continue to start at quarterback until the Colts make Luck their starter again.
Colts’ immediate future remains in the hands of Jacoby Brissett. He’s won two of his five starts since replacing Scott Tolzien after Tolzien was ineffective in the season-opening 46-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Colts stand at 2-4 heading into Sunday’s meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans share AFC South lead at 3-3.
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