After a nice, quiet weekend without any Indianapolis Colts headlines, is it time to return to continual Andrew Luck updates?
The quarterback in question was reportedly a full practice participant Monday, although the first day of the NFL work week is typically a walk-through and doesn’t get reported on the weekly injury report. So this “full” report is basically spin.
And there’s been a lot of that going around lately.
Lest anyone forget the previous two weeks, when Luck became the center of the NFL universe with constant chatter about his sore right shoulder. Head coach Chuck Pagano expressed “supreme optimism” about Luck playing, but No. 12 didn’t, the first time he’s been inactive in his four-year career.
So take anything said with a grain of salt.
Head coach Bill Belichick certainly will when preparing the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots (5-0) for a Sunday night visit to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Asked if Luck will play in that game, Pagano repeated what he has said the past two weeks, “Day-to-day.”
If the game were today, could Luck play?
“I don’t have to play a game today,” Luck said, “so I’m not going to answer.”
That prompts a chuckle, and perhaps for many, acknowledgement that the Colts aren’t going to say too much about the quarterback’s condition. Luck admitted he was able to do more in practice, but how much is anyone’s guess.
Beyond that, the answers are the same as before from Luck and Pagano.
The quarterback is feeling better every day.
Yeah, he threw the ball well.
He looked good.
Luck wants to play the next game.
The quarterback was asked, “You’re not going to miss this game, are you?”
He said, “I really hope not. I really, really hope not.”
If the Colts aren’t answering enough questions about their franchise quarterback, there’s also time for one pertaining to backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who shook off a bacterial infection to lead the team to a 27-20 win at Houston Thursday. He's won both starts in place of Luck to propel the Colts to 3-2 and first place in the AFC South Division.
But national reports have suggested the 40-year-old Hasselbeck is still struggling with his illness.
“He was great. He was out there, full participant, looked awesome,” Pagano said. “Color back in his face, looked like he was on the beach all weekend.”
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