Luck sits out with sore right shoulder, but expects to play

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Three days after taking 16 hits, Andrew Luck
missed Wednesday’s practice with a sore throwing shoulder.

Luck said it was just sore, downplaying the obvious concern his
absence will raise among fans. He said he hopes to return to
practice Thursday and plans to play Sunday as the Colts try to
avoid their first 0-3 start in five years, when San Diego comes to
town.

”It was a physical game, like any football game, so the coaches
and training staff thought it was best if I didn’t go out on the
field,” he told reporters, acknowledging he didn’t practice at all
Wednesday.

The Colts have already been hit hard by injuries, mostly on
defense, but this could be the toughest one yet.

Last season, Luck got hurt in September and wound up missing nine
games with multiple injuries, including a lacerated kidney that
kept him out of the last seven games. Even when Luck did play in
2015, he didn’t look right, going 2-5 and throwing 15 touchdowns
and 12 interceptions.

The Colts responded by using four of their eight draft picks to
revamp the offensive line, which so far has had mixed results.

In a season-opening loss, the Colts’ offensive line allowed two
sacks and five hits.

In the Week 2 loss at Denver, Luck was sacked five times, threw an
interception that was returned for one touchdown and lost a fumble
that was returned for another.

Luck didn’t say when he was injured in the game, but at that pace,
Luck would be sacked 56 times and take an additional 128 hits.

Earlier this year, Luck and coach Chuck Pagano said there was a
plan to help Luck stay healthy this season, and that it could lead
to Luck appearing on injury reports periodically. He’s already
shown up three times as a limited participant this season.

This absence was not by design.

”I don’t raise the alarms, that’s you guys,” Luck said, drawing
laughter from reporters. ”I’ll come in tomorrow and defer to the
coaches and training staff and we’ll see.”

Luck said Wednesday is normally the day the Colts normally install
the bulk of their game plan, but he said he didn’t believe it would
affect him much if he does play Sunday.

Pagano did not talk about Luck’s injury before practice and will
not be available again until Friday. Indy’s offensive and defensive
coordinators are scheduled to talk Thursday.

If Luck can’t play, the Colts would start Scott Tolzien – the only
other quarterback on their active roster. Tolzien made his only two
starts in Green Bay when Aaron Rodgers was injured during the 2013
season. They also have Stephen Morris on the practice squad.

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