The Colts have looked terrible this season. They finally picked up their first win of the season behind newcomer Jacoby Brissett, but their management remains in the gutter. They have mishandled Andrew Luck since the day they drafted him out of Stanford. Is there any chance he can have a fantasy impact this season? Due to the tight-lipped nature of the Colts front office, that question is nearly impossible to answer at this point.
Per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Luck was expected to begin practice this week. Although he wasn’t expected to play in week four’s matchup against Seattle, this was some progressive news for Luck’s owners. However, coach Chuck Pagano told reporters that they intended to keep Luck out of practice for at least another week.
Per Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, Pagano mentioned that Luck is “one week away” regarding the three-time pro bowler’s status.
This should not be as complicated as the Colts have made it. He underwent offseason shoulder surgery, and has since seen his return date pushed back further and further. Even if Luck does begin practice next week, it will likely take a few weeks before he is deemed game-ready. Per Zak Wheeler of the Indianapolis Star also reported that Luck’s earliest expected game will come in week six against the Titans. It is reasonable to expect him to be out even longer, as Dr. David Chao, an NFL medical analyst, recently suggested he would need about 4 weeks of practice to feel comfortable with his surgically repaired shoulder.
Luck would’ve been one of the first QBs off the board in most drafts had he been healthy. Personally, I took him in the 11th round and ended up dropping him after week two. He is currently surrounded with so much uncertainty that it’s hard to trust any reports regarding his status. Even if he does return in week 6, that will likely leave only 4 – including a week 11 bye – regular season contests that he could be used in your league (depending on the structure of your league’s schedule). It may be time to write off Luck’s season before it even starts. He should be fully recovered by next season’s draft day, hopefully.