You never want to see a guy get hurt in sports, especially in a violent game like pro football, where the risks are heightened. Last Sunday, the Denver Broncos dropped their first game of the season, losing 27-24 to the Indianapolis Colts.
Andrew Luck played a phenomenal game, fighting for his head coach's job. He came out hot and stayed that way, despite getting brutalized by the aggressive Broncos defense, who sacked Luck once and hit him nine times.
That's not counting the hits he took on his five rushes. The worst hit came in the fourth quarter, as Luck scrambled left and was sandwiched between linebacker Danny Trevathan and defensive end Vance Walker.
It twisted Luck in an unnatural way and with high velocity and torque. Anyone watching that play wondered how Luck got up and threw a touchdown on the next play.
Now word comes from the Colts that Luck suffered a lacerated kidney and a torn abdominal muscle from that hit. From the Colts website:
“The injuries happened at the end of an early fourth quarter scramble when Andrew was doing everything he could to get us the win,” said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. “Andrew was sore after the game and was feeling a little worse Monday afternoon so we sent him to get tests.”
The tests revealed a laceration in one of Luck’s kidneys and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle. The injuries should not require surgery and full recovery from both is expected within two 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.”
Luck is a remarkable player. What a competitor. He still came back out on the field to kill the Broncos on that final drive that sucked the last six minutes off the clock. We wish him a speedy recovery.
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