Luck underwent offseason shoulder surgery and has been unable to get well enough to return.
Although the Colts are optimistic about Luck's eventual return to the field, many fans are frustrated. With Andrew Luck? In a division where you play 10 games in ideal weather every year? "Career-ending is putting him out on the field before he's ready to play - that is where you should be concerned".
Indianapolis (2-6) never did rush Luck. In the meantime, Jacoby Brissett will continue to start for the Colts in his absence with Scott Tolzien serving as the backup.More news: Razer Phone Is Now OFFICIAL: Specs, Price & Features Revealed
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"I wish I was better and 100 percent this season, but that's not the case", Luck told the team's official website on Thursday. "The question is how severe was the injury, how much surgery was required and what type of surgery was required".
The Colts in the meantime have leaned on backup Jacoby Brissett, who hasn't been very bad.
Too bad they can't just join Luck sitting out the rest of 2017. He also ran for 341 yards and two more scores. That's fair because Ballard was always measured in his Luck comments and things can change when the recovery timetable is thrown off-track after injured players suffer setbacks in rehabilitation.
Ballard's opening statement during Thursday's press conference began with nine words about the IR move coming for Luck. The job is his to roll with, knowing Luck isn't walking back into the huddle until next season.
I believe Ballard when he says no doctors have called Luck's issue career-ending. He hasn't been himself for parts of three seasons now. Grigson was criticized for failing to assemble a better offensive line to safeguard the franchise quarterback. Shoulder injuries are generally very hard for quarterbacks to return from.