The Indianapolis Colts are losing Andrew Luck for at least the next month, and rumors indicate that the team may be forced to the free agency pool to find depth with unconventional pick — Tim Tebow.
Luck was injured in Sunday night’s win over the Denver Broncos. Coach Chuck Pagano talked about the injury on Tuesday, saying his quarterback wasn’t too bad after the game but started to really feel soreness on Monday.
Tests revealed that Luck partially tore an abdominal muscle and suffered a laceration in his kidney.
“The injuries happened at the end of an early fourth quarter scramble when Andrew was doing everything he could to get us the win,” Pagano said, via the team’s official website. “Andrew was sore after the game and was feeling a little worse Monday afternoon so we sent him to get tests.”
Luck will avoid surgery, and reports indicated that he would be out four to six weeks.
“It’s way too early to guess how long Andrew will be out,” said Pagano. “We’re going to keep listening to the doctors and evaluating his progress on a week by week basis. We’ve got all the confidence in the world in Matt Hasselbeck and we’re not going to put Andrew back out there until he’s healed and ready to go.”
BREAKING: Colts QB Andrew Luck is out 2-6 weeks with a lacerated kidney suffered during Sunday’s victory. pic.twitter.com/5CyckTm1So
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This will now be the second time Luck has missed a significant stretch of the 2015 season. A previous shoulder injury also kept him out earlier this season.
“We’ve been through a lot in this 2015 season,” Pagano said. “I got full confidence in everybody in this organization, this building, all coming together to overcome this. We will overcome this. Andrew will make a full recovery and he will be back in the lineup at some point.”
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The Colts said they are ready to turn to Matt Hasselbeck in Luck’s absence, the USA Today noted.
The Indianapolis Colts could have a bit of luck in their schedule. The team is currently on its bye week and then will have a game at Atlanta, home against Tampa Bay, at Pittsburgh, at Jacksonville, and home against Houston.
Though the Colts have already relied on Hasselbeck this year — and showed they can win with him at quarterback — rumors indicate that they may be looking for some extra help and depth behind the 40-year-old.
At the moment, Hasselebck is the only other quarterback on the roster. They Indianapolis Colts had previously signed John Johnson, but he has since signed with the Buffalo Bills and isn’t available. While the Colts do have Matt Blanchard tucked away on their practice squad, the team will likely need to find a reliable veteran behind Hasselbeck.
So who does that leave? The other veteran stand-in, Matt Flynn, was already picked up by the New Orleans Saints when Luke McCown was injured.
As Pro Football Talk noted, the free agency pickings are slim.
“There’s not much else out there at the moment, unless they want to bring in Ryan Mallett, just to mess with the Texans. Guys like Jason Campbell and Rex Grossman have been NFL quarterbacks in the past, but there’s no indication anyone else has shown any interest in them this season.”
Though the rumors are not yet clear, there is another choice for the Indianapolis Colts, though it may not fly well with fans. Tim Tebow, the cast-off of the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles, may be the only other game-ready quarterback who isn’t over the hill. This could end up being Tebow’s chance for entry back into the league, though if the Colts do end up signing him, they would likely hope he would never have to see any action.
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