After their loss to the Patriots in the AFC title game last January, the Colts felt they needed to bolster their roster to get to where they needed to be and that was the Super Bowl. Since drafting Andrew Luck to replace Peyton Manning as the franchise player in Indianapolis, they’ve climbed the ladder each year in the playoffs. They lost in the Wild Card round in Luck’s rookie year, they made it to the second round in 2013-14 and lost to New England and this past season, they upset Denver in Denver and made it to the AFC championship only to lose to New England again. They signed Frank Gore and Andre Johnson in the offseason and to fix that offense. The Colts haven’t had the season many expected them too in 2015 and now they’ve received some bad news. Andrew Luck will be out for the next two to six weeks with a lacerated kidney and slightly torn abdominal muscle.
This is a humongous blow for a Colts team who seemed to find their rhythm after a huge win on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Andrew Luck hasn’t looked like himself this year. He’s seemed more hesitant to scramble into the open field and get extra yards and he battled a shoulder injury earlier in the year that forced him to miss time. He’s a mobile guy with a big arm, he can extend plays, he’s able to make throws on the run and he’s an excellent leader who’s looked to get better as the seasons have gone along. There was a rumor going around that Luck was playing with broken ribs which I thought was false all along because any football player both current and former should know that it’s impossible to play on the football field with pain in the area of your ribs, plain and simple.
With Luck out during a pivotal time of the season, the Colts will now turn to a veteran in Matt Hasselbeck who won two games when Luck was out. A tough loss for a team that hasn’t been able to catch a break all season long.