The rumored Andrew Luck injury is terrible news for Colts fans. After all, it has been hoped the amazing comeback against the Tennessee Titans signaled a turnaround in fortune for the team. Prior to the victory, the Colts were coping with a dismal 0-2 start to their NFL season. The only optimism to be had following a rocky start was a schedule that puts Indianapolis against seemingly beatable opponents over the next few weeks.
Of course, as any true sports fan will tell you, games are only as “winnable” depending on which players for either team are injured. Key losses can make a difficult opponent less challenging; the loss of the starting quarterback could make Sunday’s opponents, the Jacksonville Jaguars, feel a bit more comfortable about their odds.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 30, 2015
The problem with the Andrew Luck situation is that right now, the seriousness of his alleged shoulder injury is purely a matter of speculation. According to ESPN, Andrew is “questionable for Sunday.” However, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he’s sure that Luck will have a role in the game against the Jaguars. When asked if he’s confident the quarterback would play, Pagano answered, “Absolutely.”
Chuck also teased the press for their “hand-wringing” over Andrew Luck and his condition. Well, it’s hard not to be concerned given the fact that Indianapolis appears to be playing down the nature of Andrew’s injury to his throwing shoulder. Some have even gone as far as to suggest that the Colts franchise may be purposely hiding the extent of the injury Andrew Luck may be contending with.
Business Insider writer Emmett Knowlton suggested that there’s a growing fear that Andrew Luck may be more hurt than the franchise wants anyone to know.
“Today, news also broke that the Colts had signed veteran quarterback Josh Johnson. Pagano’s confusing presser and the signing of Johnson seem to be pointing toward Luck missing his first football game since his freshman year at Stanford, all the way back in 2009.
If Luck is sidelined, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck would make his first NFL start since 2012.
It’s not clear how Luck sustained this injury — or, frankly, what the injury is.”
He referenced a clip that showed Andrew in visible pain when being patted on the chest by a teammate.
It’s a clip that’s admittedly hard to watch as a Colts fan, as it appears that Luck may be more hurt than anyone realizes — or willing to admit. Some have even speculated this is an ongoing injury that Andrew Luck has stubbornly played through all season. It wouldn’t be surprising if that turns out to be the case. Sometimes dedicated athletes can let their determined nature get in the way of their health. Rather than help, such behaviors can actually make an athlete’s situation worse.
Hopefully, this isn’t the case with Andrew Luck.
Read into this what you want as it pertains to Andrew Luck’s status, but Colts signed quarterback Josh Johnson.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 2, 2015
It’s also possible that Andrew Luck is contending with pressure related to what happened to the franchise quarterback he replaced: Peyton Manning. The shocking exit by Manning, now with the Denver Broncos, was brought on chiefly by a severe injury. That season without Peyton marked the worst performance by the Colts since about the time he started playing for the team.
There are some concerns that a season-ending (or at least lengthy) injury to Andrew Luck could inspire a similarly terrible performance by the Indianapolis Colts.
— NESN (@NESN) October 2, 2015
It’s very likely, at least judging by that clip, that Andrew Luck is injured. It’s also very possible that he’s been stubborn about the nature of it or the Colts are being purposely obtuse about his chance of playing on Sunday. However, I’d like to think that it’s an open-and-shut case of his being “questionable” without it meaning something more ominous.
Whatever the case, fans can only hope Andrew Luck returns to full health as soon as possible.
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