Andrew Luck, Indian Colts’ superstar quarterback, might be sidelined until Christmas. The playoff-bound Colts learned Tuesday evening that Luck suffered a lacerated kidney and partial tear of an abdominal muscle during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s big home win against Denver Broncos.
The injury occurred when Broncos defensive lineman Vance Walker and linebacker Danny Trevathan crushed Luck on a completely legitimate tackle. Luck was slow to rise to his feet but ably finished the game. The Colts announced Tuesday that Luck will not require surgery but will be out anywhere between two and six weeks.
Matt Hasselbeck will replace Luck in the starting unit. “We’ve won with Matt,” said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. “He’s 2-0 as a starter this year … We will not put Andrew back out there again until he’s 100% healthy.”
“It’s way too early to guess how long Andrew will be out,” Pagano said. “We’re going to keep listening to the doctors and evaluating his progress on a week by week basis. We’ve got all the confidence in the world in Matt (Hasselbeck) and we’re not going to put Andrew back out there until he’s healed and ready to go.”
The Colts lead the AFC South with a 4-5 record.
According to ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell, Luck’s injury warrants an extended healing period. “With the Colts giving a two-to-six week projection, it tells me it’s not overly serious or they wouldn’t even suggest that lower end,” said Bell.
“The spectrum of the injury is pretty broad, so a lot of it depends on what part of the kidney is hurt. The kidney is like a capsule, so you can get a crack in it and then it depends on how big the crack is. Those are all things that can affect the recovery time. You want full healing of the kidney before you expose it to contact again. Given that, I think you’re going to be cautious.”
— The News Mexico (@thenewsmexico) November 12, 2015