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SportHow Colts can circle the wagons after Andrew Luck's stunning retirement

07:15  25 august  2019
07:15  25 august  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

Nagging calf injury to keep Colts QB Andrew Luck out of another week of practices

Nagging calf injury to keep Colts QB Andrew Luck out of another week of practices Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s injury status is starting to get worrying. Colts coach Frank Reich announced Monday that Luck would be held out of another week of practices, including joint workouts with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday and Thursday, due to lingering calf soreness. Colts coach Frank Reich said QB Andrew Luck (calf) will not take part in the joint practices against Cleveland on Wednesday or Thursday at this point. That isn't surprising considering Luck has only practiced three days since getting injured in April. https://t.

The Colts are many things. Boring isn't one of them. The recent flurry of leaks that trace to a soon-to-be-former coaching staff has led to a response from the Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, updating his story regarding the severity of quarterback Andrew Luck ’ s early-season rib injury, adds

The Indianapolis Colts finally have Andrew Luck back after the quarterback missed the entire 2017 season. Jacoby Brissett played OK as the team’s Video of Luck ’ s first practices showed him throwing tentatively and slowly. More than a week into his return to the practice fields, the Colts tweeted a

Week 3 of the NFL preseason has been eventful. There have been some big injuries. Young players have stepped up. In what has been the closest thing to true NFL action, there has been much to take away from this slate of games. But of course, Andrew Luck’s surprise retirement has trumped everything that has happened on the field.

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Indianapolis finished 10-6 last year, and after another excellent offseason, the Colts were a hot pick to be the AFC’s representative in the Super Bowl. Let's go step by step to examine the ramifications of Luck’s retirement.

What Did Indianapolis Lose? Frankly, the Colts lost a total superstar. Think back to about one year ago. Luck was returning from injury. The Colts had a new head coach in Frank Reich, whom many simply viewed as a consolation prize after Indianapolis was spurned by Josh McDaniels. The Colts used two early picks on offensive linemen, but that group was very untested and could have been the liability that it always had been during Luck’s time in Indianapolis, as Ryan Grigson has done a horrific job building around his generational quarterback prospect. But what did Reich do? He orchestrated a quick-hitting passing attack that allowed Luck to use his great football mind and didn’t tax his recovering arm or protection. That lasted a little more than a month and worked well. Then, after Reich realized that the offensive line was very sound, he had a better feel for the Colts and realized that Luck was throwing the ball extremely well, the coach took the training wheels off. And you know what? Luck truthfully rivaled Patrick Mahomes as the NFL’s best quarterback from that point on. That is how good Luck was last year. That is how good he is right now. This is an astronomical loss.

Andrew Luck won’t practice again this week

Andrew Luck won’t practice again this week The Indianapolis Colts will not have starting quarterback Andrew Luck at practice this week as he continues to rehab what’s become a ridiculously nagging injury. Zak Keefer of The Athletic shared head coach Frank Reich’s comment on the issue: Colts coach Frank Reich today: QB Andrew Luck will not practice this week. The issue remains a matter of "full speed movement vs. pain threshold." Team, ideally, will want to know his status for Week 1 next Monday. That'll be 13 days shy of the season opener.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 20, 2019 The latest on Luck is that his nagging calf injury ended up also turning into a high-ankle issue as he rehabbed.

How Did the Colts Adjust the Passing Game for Andrew Luck ? Football people were gaga over Luck ’ s preternatural ability to extend the action. While many high-level quarterbacks extended plays by breaking them down and conjuring magic, Luck extended them through sheer protraction.

Andrew Luck Will Not Practice This Week. Indiana Football Digest Insider - 2019 Pre-Season. Colts Sign RB James Williams. Indianapolis Colts defensive end Justin Houston discusses how he is using different tools to fine tune his game through the team' s preseason and what is bringing the defense

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What Do The Colts Have In Jacoby Brissett? Brissett is the best backup quarterback in the league. So Indianapolis could obviously be in much worse shape. It is also obvious that the Colts have taken a huge step backward at the sport’s most important position. Brissett was all set up to back up Luck and then go out and test the market…quite possibly finding a starting job. He is a big power thrower with good accuracy. Brissett has learned from some of the best in the business, and he will able to work with a lot of talent in Indy. Here is a prediction: Brissett won’t be on Luck’s level in this offense but he also will quickly prove to be a highly capable starting NFL quarterback.

Recapping Andrew Luck’s significant injury history

Recapping Andrew Luck’s significant injury history Here's a quick look at Andrew Luck's injury history.

Franchise quarterback Andrew Luck didn’t play a single down. The Colts had no viable Plan B at quarterback until trading for Jacoby Brissett just before the season. It won’t matter too much which coach the Colts choose if Luck ’ s surgically repaired shoulder does not come around.

The Indianapolis Colts are already making changes after a wretched 0-2 start to the season. The Colts switched up three of their starters on the offensive line this week These are full-scale changes for a unit that needs it, as Andrew Luck has already been "officially" knocked down 17 times this season.

Will Reich Have To Make Changes?

Well, we have seen that Reich is extremely adaptable in his short, but highly impressive, stint as Indianapolis’ head coach. As mentioned, Brissett has a lot of ability and could be ready to really show the world how good he can be, but he doesn't process reads as quickly as Luck did. Could Reich go for broke and just become highly aggressive with downfield concepts? The protection is in place, and the receiving weaponry is as well. That could happen, but of course the Colts running game will need to be more prominent now. Reich definitely helped Nick Foles fill in for Carson Wentz in Philadelphia by the way.

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Who Else Needs To Step Up? The short answer is: Everyone. This is a team game. The Colts must lean a little more on their running game. Because Marlon Mack might not be able to handle a much larger workload, he could need an assist from Jordan Wilkins. The Colts would also be wise to incorporate Nyheim Hines more as a runner here and there, but especially as a very Brissett-friendly option in the short passing game. Indianapolis is loaded with weapons of all shapes and sizes. Reich and Brissett will have to quickly figure out who their favorites are past T.Y. Hilton. Maybe as much as anything, Indianapolis will have to be very sound in the hidden-yardage aspects of the game, namely turnover margin, penalties and special teams. The Colts apparently upgraded their defense over the offseason, and there is a good young core there, especially in the passing game. But Indianapolis might be playing a different style of game now and could be involved in fewer shootouts. The Colts run defense will have to be up for a larger challenge now without Luck.

Report: Injured Luck notifies Colts he plans to retire

Report: Injured Luck notifies Colts he plans to retire INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is planning to retire according to a report from ESPN. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported that Luck felt mentally worn down and had met with team owner Jim Irsay to inform him of his decision. Team officials did not immediately confirm the report. The report came during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 27-17 loss to the Chicago Bears The 29-year-old Luck has struggled to recover from a lower left leg injury. Luck's former coach Chuck Pagano made his first return to Lucas Oil Stadium since he was fired as the Colts' head coach following the 2017 season.

How much is Andrew Luck worth? How much should he get from the Colts in his next contract extension? Those two answers aren’t necessarily the same. Andrew Luck will be the Colts ’ quarterback for a long time to come. What’ s up in the air is how much they will pay him to hold that role.

The Colts placed Luck on season-ending injured reserve, handing the remainder of a lost 2017 to Jacoby Brissett. How does minor discomfort become an all-encompassing injury that raises questions about Luck ’ s long-term future and, obviously, the future of the only NFL head coach Luck has known?

How Does This Affect The AFC South? This one is hard to say, but obviously the retirement of Luck gives Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee a far greater chance of winning the South. Houston won the division last year, and even though the Texans lost Lamar Miller tonight as well, Houston's offense looks to very dangerous through the air. The Texans now have the best quarterback in this division by a wide margin. Jacksonville almost has to be better and healthier on the offense, but even so, the Jaguars are still behind a Brissett-led Colts offense. Tennessee is a very balanced team in all regards, but the Titans are still very much connected to Marcus Mariota taking a major step forward. That could happen for sure, and Mariota has more around him than ever, but the Colts should stay very much in the thick of the AFC South race even without Luck. Nevertheless, the Colts are now no longer on the same tier as the top teams in the AFC such as New England and Kansas City.

GM Chris Ballard upset that someone in Colts organization leaked Andrew Luck’s retirement.
Andrew Luck’s retirement announcement did not go according to plan, thanks to someone leaking the information to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter did his job, reporting on the story as he’s paid to do. Yet the person responsible for the leak threw the entire organization into chaos and robbed Luck of the chance to announce his decision on his own terms. 

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