With only a few weeks to go until the NFL regular season begins, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck hasn’t practiced. Even worse, it doesn’t look like he’ll take the field anytime soon.
The Colts have urged patience and calmness when discussing Luck’s recovery from offseason surgery on his throwing shoulder. But Luck’s status for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams became even more in doubt after Colts coach Chuck Pagano revealed there was still “no timetable” for Luck’s return, according to The Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder.
Pagano’s response is an indication that the worst-case scenario is completely in play regarding Luck’s rehabilitation. Luck started a throwing program earlier in training camp, but he hasn’t taken a snap during team drills and he’s running out of time to shake off the rust.
Holder speculates that the Colts will have only six more practices to prepare after this week before heading west to face the Rams. That means Luck won’t have much time to acclimate himself and he most likely won’t play in the team’s preseason finale.
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Colts fans better brace themselves for Scott Tolzien as their Week 1 starter. Backups Stephen Morris and Philip Walker aren’t viable starting options, which means the 30-year-old Tolzien should be in line for his fourth career start.
Tolzien is mercurial at best and is winless in his three starts, two of which came against the Green Bay Packers. He threw for 205 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in a start against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season. The Colts lost that game, 28-7.