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|Draft: 2012 Round 1 (1)
Ht: 6’4” Wt: 234 DOB: 1989-09-12 Age: 26
|Every so often a team is lucky enough to land itself a franchise quarterback. And if you are the Indianapolis Colts, you hit the jackpot and end up having two consecutive eras with franchise QBs. At least, thatís the plan. The Andrew Luck era starts in 2012 and the Stanford product possesses the athleticism, intelligence and intangibles to start for the Colts from Day 1 of training camp. But that doesnít amount to a hill of beans for your fantasy squad given the lack of talent the Colts possess on offense. While Luck makes for an outstanding dynasty league prospect, his prospects for 2012 leave something to be desired. Not only is Indianapolis attempting to rebuild its aging, leaky offensive line, the team also lacks a proven starting running back, has a pair of rookies atop its tight end depth chart and has a group of wide receivers led by 12-year veteran Reggie Wayne but with little else behind him. For Luck to emerge as a starting fantasy quarterback, he will need his supporting cast to improve greatly upon what is expected in 2012 and thatís not likely to happen. He is a low end QB2 at best.
|Josh Freeman expected to start for IND -- Sun Jan 3 7:51 am --|
Colts scrambling for QB help in Week 17
|Colts likely to start QB Josh Freeman today vs. Tennessee, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck out, the Colts signed Ryan Lindley and Josh Freeman this week. With Freeman getting the start, the entire Colts passing game is an easy fade in daily fantasy.
| Andrew Luck still not medically cleared -- Tue Dec 29 12:55 pm --|
Two Colts QBs remain doubtful, Stephen Morris to be called to action
|The door isn't closed on quarterback Andrew Luck playing Sunday against Tennessee, but he has still yet to be medically cleared. Coach Chuck Pagano said he, Luck, owner Jim Irsay and general manager Ryan Grigson will discuss whether Luck (kidney/abdomen) will play if he is cleared in time (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Luck has missed the past six games and eight games total this season. He's unlikely to play, and with Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder) doubtful and Charlie Whitehurst on IR, the Colts will probably turn to UDFA Stephen Morris, recently signed off the Eagles practice squad, on Sunday. Yuck.
| Andrew Luck ruled out for Week 16 -- Mon Dec 21 7:15 pm --|
Colts hopeful for Week 17 return
|Colts coach Chuck Pagano announced Monday that Andrew Luck has been ruled out for Week 16 at Miami.
The Colts want Luck to be cleared by doctors for game action with enough time to practice all week before he returns. There is not enough time to do so this week. If the Colts beat the Dolphins and remain in contention for the AFC South title, there remains a chance that Luck will be available for the regular-season finale versus the Titans. Although Luck's lacerated kidney was healthy enough for a return to individual drills last week, he had not yet been cleared for 11-on-11 work. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Pagano described Matt Hasselbeck as "beat up from the feet up" on Monday, suggesting the Colts may need to turn to Charlie Whitehurst with the season on the line at Miami. Whatever remaining value players like T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief had with Hasselbeck is essentially shot with "Clipboard Jesus" under center, although the Dolphins have been very accommodating to quarterbacks in recent weeks.
| Whitehurst could start for Colts in Week 15 -- Mon Dec 14 5:45 pm --|
Hasselbeck (left arm, rib) forced from Week 14 loss
|According to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, Andrew Luck said heís going to try to practice this week, but insisted he will play again this season. Thatís not to say heís going to be ready for Sundayís game against the Texans, but the fact heís close to being cleared to practice after a lacerated kidney is a good sign. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Matt Hasselbeck was spotted with his left arm in a sling. Hasselbeck left last nightís loss to the Jaguars with what was billed as a rib injury. If the 40-year-old backup canít go and Luck isnít ready, that means the Colts have to turn to Charlie Whitehurst. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: The legend of "Clipboard Jesus" lives on. Despite Luck's insistence on playing again this season, there are multiple reports that suggest otherwise. Hasselbeck is likely dealing with multiple upper-body injuries and will probably be deemed no better than questionable when the injury reports are released later this week. Whitehurst and T.J. Yates could very well be the starting quarterback next week when the Colts and Texans meet in a battle for AFC South supremacy.
| Andrew Luck feeling 'better every day' -- Wed Dec 2 4:00 pm --|
Colts QB is throwing again
|INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck has taken another step in his return to the field for the Colts.
The quarterback, who has been out since Nov. 10 with a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle, started throwing the football last week and did so again on Wednesday.
"Feeling better every day," Luck said. "Getting some good work in, getting back into it and keep working day by day." (ESPN.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Colts refuse to put a timeline on Andrew Luck's recovery, but some suggest he will be back before the end of the regular season. HC Chuck Pagano insists that the team's franchise quarterback will not return until he is 100 percent healthy so anyone holding onto him in redraft leagues is simply taking a low risk flier that he might be able to make a splash during the fantasy playoffs.
| Pagano wants Luck to "change" running style -- Tue Nov 17 11:46 am --|
Colts coach concerned about QB's long-term halth
|Andrew Luck shouldn't be taking big hits, according to Chuck Pagano, who wants him to be more conservative in his running approach.
"We're going to talk every day until he figures it out and we figure it out as a team," Pagano said. "He knows full well that he can't do that. He can't put himself and this team in jeopardy. You love the grit, and you love the toughness and all that stuff. But playing the position like a linebacker? You can't." (Indianapolis Star)|
FF Today's Take: Luck (kidney) will miss about a month and will be tough to stash as your fantasy season gets into the playoff picture. We don;t recommend a drop, but there's no telling how effective he'll bee when he does return -- especially with Pagano in his head about his playing style. For now, Matt Hasselbeck is slated to be the starter in Week 11 and Charlie Whitehurst is the Colts new backup.
| Andrew Luck out 2-6 weeks, lacerated kidney -- Tue Nov 10 3:05 am --|
Partial tear of an abdominal muscle
|Andrew Luck incurred abdominal injuries during Sundayís victory over the Denver Broncos.
ďThe injuries happened at the end of an early fourth quarter scramble,Ē said Head Coach Chuck Pagano. ďAndrew was sore after the game and was feeling a little worse Monday afternoon so we sent him to get tests.Ē
The tests revealed a laceration in one of Luckís kidneys and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle. The injuries should not require surgery and full recovery from both is expected within two to six weeks.
FF Today's Take: And the hits just keep on coming for the NFL. Matt Hasselbeck will be the Colts quarterback in Week 11 against the Falcons. Colts are on bye in Week 10. It's a minor downgrade for the Colts receivers but Hasselbeck is a viable QB2 and streaming option in the coming weeks.
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