Indianapolis Colts QB placed on IR, will not play in 2017 season

Rachel Hardy
November 4, 2017

The Indianapolis Colts are placing quarterback Andrew Luck on injured reserve, the team announced Thursday.

Luck had shoulder surgery to fix an injury that he originally suffered in 2015 and that continued to bother him through the 2016 season, prompting offseason surgery.

Six days later, Ballard told reporters Luck needed a cortisone shot for inflammation in the shoulder and that his throwing regimen had been "shut down".

And if transparency from the Colts, like we've seen from Ballard in recent weeks, does not come more often in 2018, let the guessing games continue on Andrew Luck, and a fan base left in the dark. For a player who only had a chance to play in three games past year with the Patriots, it appears Brissett has found a good landing spot to get playing time and display his abilities. Ex-Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson even suggested that Luck's injury could be career-ending.

Indianapolis (2-6) never did rush Luck.

Jacoby Brissett will remain Indy's starting quarterback in Luck's absence.

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I wish I was better and 100 percent this season, but that's not the case. What this means is that #12 won't be suiting up for the Colts at all this season.

Did the Colts know the injury was this severe? The move to IR, Ballard said, is due to the fact Luck's "soreness hasn't calmed down". The Colts also would have a potential trade chip - Luck, Brissett or the new quarterback - that might pay dividends down the road no matter how things unfold.

Too bad they can't just join Luck sitting out the rest of 2017.

Ballard dismissed any notion that Luck's career is in jeopardy, however. He'll now have missed 26 games in the last three seasons. The job is his to roll with, knowing Luck isn't walking back into the huddle until next season. The doctors have told the Colts to have patience with the rehab process, he said.

The 2012 quarterback class that included Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson once seemed destined for all-time greatness. He's a great warrior, he's a great competitor and he's a great player, one of the best in this league.

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