Controversy is never a good thing. Especially when it involves the health of your franchise quarterback as he rehabs from surgery on his right throwing shoulder.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been battling to get back on the football field after he had surgery on his labrum in his right arm seven months ago. And we’ve yet to get a definitive update on his status for the season opener on Sept. 10.
“There’s no timetable,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano told reporters on Monday.
Is it time for Colts fans to start panicking?
With each passing day, it becomes more apparent that Luck will not start the Sept. 10 season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, a game which is less than two weeks away. Come Sept. 10, expect to see Scott Tolzien or Stephen Morris starting. Come Sept. 10, don’t expect to see Luck being paraded out on the field. Come Sept. 10, consider when it might be time to start panicking.
But perhaps what’s more curious is how this whole mess is playing out with Pagano either lying or being completely oblivious to what’s happening with his team’s franchise quarterback. The former seems most likely, and, consequently, the more favorable option. You’d rather believe a head coach is lying to the media versus being completely unaware of the rehab his franchise quarterback has on that right shoulder.
When asked how Luck looks throwing the football behind closed doors, Pagano replied (link: Indy star):
“I’m never there to see, so I couldn’t tell you.”
“Most of the time he’s in the training room, we’re in meetings, doing such. I kind of stay in my lane.”
Well, if that doesn’t sound suspicious, disconcerting, or like a conspiracy in the making, then I don’t know what does
This whole mess dates back to the 2015 season when Luck injured his shoulder some three games into the season. After that, he didn’t have surgery on it for 15 months. He played with an injured throwing shoulder, for more than a year, before it eventually forced him out of action and into the operating room.
The chief concern with this whole situation is: How would the Colts allow this to happen to their franchise quarterback? The most important player on their team? The guy that at one point last year was the highest paid player in the NFL?
But an even better concern is: What repercussions will the decision to play an injured Luck have on him — and the team — in the long run?
If Luck misses week 1, does that turn into week 2? Week 3? The lack of updates on Luck’s health and status is disconcerting to say the least.
Pagano methodically dodged questions relating to the likelihood of Luck being ready for the season opener, odds that even us folks not entrenched in the Colts locker room can see are slim. But Pagano has become good at this game.
“I’m not a bookie,” Pagano says. “I’m not an odds-maker.”
Well, neither am I, Chuck, but I’m heading into the season opener feeling like the odds of Luck starting aren’t good.