Colts' Andrew Luck practices in full but remains in concussion protocol
Luck appears to be on track to play Monday night
The Scott Tolzien era in Indianapolis is nearing its end after just one game. Andrew Luck, who missed the Colts' Thanksgiving night loss to the Steelers with a concussion, appears to be on track to play against the Jets on Monday night.
But it's not a sure thing, because he's still in the concussion protocol, as Colts coach Chuck Pagano made clear.
Pagano says Andrew Luck is still in protocol.— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) November 30, 2016
Next step is practice. If cleared by independent neurologist after practice, he's good to go
The good news: Luck practiced in full Wednesday and told reporters that it went "great." Now, in order to play Monday night, the next step is Luck being cleared by the independent neurologist.
Andrew Luck: "Full practice. Feel great."— Kevin Bowen (@KBowenColts) November 30, 2016
See the independent neurologist, get cleared and Luck's concussion protocol will be complete.
Luck suffered the concussion 10 days ago in a win over the Titans. So, it's expected that he'll be fine in time for the Colts' Week 13 game. His return to practice only backs up that expectation.
At 5-6, the Colts are a game back of the Texans in the AFC South. So, they'll need Luck down the stretch. He's thrown 19 touchdowns and eight picks this season, but the Colts' offense is ranked just 12th in scoring.
So, they'll not only need Luck back, but they'll need him to improve his play if they want to make a run into January, especially considering their defense is ranked dead last in DVOA.
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