Luck (abdomen/kidney) expects he'll be able to play again this season. "Yeah, very confident. Very confident I'll be able to return," he told TV 4 WTTV in Indianapolis. Luck made the comments in his first media availability since suffering a lacerated kidney and torn abdominal muscle Nov. 8. Luck says he's picked up his activity, but gave no timetable for when he may be able to return to practice. While Luck's comments are encouraging, there's always a risk he could be shut down if the Colts fall out of the playoff race.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport estimates "a mid-December return" to action for Luck (abdomen/kidney). As a result, Matt Hasselbeck remains on track to start the Colts' next few games, though Luck does appear to be in line to recover from his injuries in time to suit up for the team down the NFL stretch run.
While the Colts announced Tuesday that Luck would be out 2-to-6 weeks, the team realistically expects him to miss at least a month due to his kidney/abdominal injuries, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. A two-week timetable for Luck's recovery seemed optimistic, especially when considering Chargers receiver Keenan Allen was ruled out for the season with a similar injury, but the Colts likely were hopeful he would make a quick recovery, and have realized he is going to be out more than just a couple weeks. With the revised timetable, Luck should be considered out through the end of this month, and on track to return to action at some point in December.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck suffered a lacerated kidney and a partial abdominal tear in Sunday's victory over the Broncos and is expected to be out 2-6 weeks, the team announced Tuesday. Luck felt some soreness following Sunday's game and tests taken Monday revealed the extent of his injuries. The Colts are hopeful he will not require surgery, but he is facing a multi-week absence either way. Matt Hasselbeck will once again take over as the Colts' starting quarterback until Luck is ready to return. The Colts are on a bye in Week 10.
Luck completed 21-of-36 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over Denver. He added 34 yards on the ground on six carries. Often under the pressure of Denver's pass rush, Luck came up with clutch throw after clutch throw and made a handful of big runs. Questioned throughout the year for his decision making and playing under new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski for the first time, Luck had just his second turnoverless game of the season. If he was able to put together this kind of performance against the NFL's top passing defense, owners should feel good about next week's matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who entered this week with a passing defense in the bottom 10 of the league.
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