Luck (abdomen) has fully recovered from the lacerated kidney he suffered against the Broncos, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports. "He's good to go. He's healed," said Colts owner Jim Irsay on Tuesday. Luck's 2015 season was marked by shoulder and ankle injuries before suffering a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdomen on Nov. 10, which ultimately ended his season. After two months of recovery, Luck is now fully healed and those injuries should no longer be an issue moving forward.
With the Colts' season officially over, Luck (abdomen/kidney) finished his 2015 campaign having completed 162-of-293 pass attempts for 15 touchdowns and 1,881 yards to go along with 12 interceptions in seven games. After a successful 2014 season in which he threw for 40 touchdowns and a 61.7 completion percentage, Luck found himself plagued by a lacerated kidney and partial abdominal tear that kept him out of the final seven games of the 2015 season, while his team failed to make the playoffs as he watched from the sideline. The 26-year-old has one year remaining on his current contract with the Colts, worth around $16 million. Coach Chuck Pagano's future in Indianapolis isn't set in stone, so Luck could be dealing with a new coaching staff in 2016, although his receiving corps of T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Andre Johnson, and Phillip Dorsett could all remain viable weapons.
Freeman will start Sunday's game against the Titans. With both Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney) and Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder/ribs/back) out, the Colts will turn to Freeman on Sunday in their long-shot bid to secure a playoff slot. He's not a high-percentage fantasy play in Week 17, but Freeman is an option for those scrambling for QB help this Sunday.
Luck (abdomen/kidney) won't play Sunday against the Titans. While coach Chuck Pagano says that Luck still hasn't been cleared to play at this stage of the week, if the Colts somehow beat the odds and make the playoffs, both Luck and Matt Hasselbeck would be candidates to start at QB for the Colts in the postseason. As for Week 17, Pagano indicated that he doesn't know who the team's starting quarterback will be, while suggesting that a decision on that front might not arrive until Sunday morning. With that in mind, Josh Freeman, Ryan Lindley and Stephen Morris are currently the team's three healthiest quarterbacks.
The Colts' decision to sign quarterback Josh Freeman suggests that Luck (abdomen/kidney) is unlikely to return for Week 17 against the Titans, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. Luck already seemed like a long shot to return, as he still hasn't practiced and the Colts have almost no chance of making the playoffs. Still, it's possible the team could roll with its franchise signal-caller if he is cleared to play. With Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder) looking doubtful, Stephen Morris is the most likely Week 17 starter.
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