Colts' Andrew Luck practices in full but remains in concussion protocol

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.

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.

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.

CBS Sports Writer

Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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