Long-term futures for Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts now in serious doubt

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During a recent interview on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, former Colts player D'Qwell Jackson was asked when he thought Luck would be back on the field and he had ominous answer.

What already was going to be a lost season officially became lost for the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday when the team put quarterback Andrew Luck on injured reserve.

Luck hurt his throwing shoulder all the way back in 2015 and played with the injury for more than a year before finally undergoing surgery in January of 2017 to fix a torn labrum.

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 29: Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts walks off of the field following the 24-23 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

When the Colts announced Thursday that Andrew Luck would not play this season, not many fans were surprised, but some were angry.

Jacoby Brissett, who the Colts traded for before the start of the season, will be the team's starter for the rest of the season.

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Luck will hope to make a full recovery during the offseason and return to the Colts starting lineup in 2018. Five months after the injury - or 20 weeks later - Luck said he still wasn't quite healed.

Ballard said, "The consensus from all the doctors is to continue rehab, to be patient and to continue rehab". He also seems to have had the injury for a long time, two years. Rebuilding a team coming off four straight mediocre-to-terrible drafts is a multiyear endeavor. The only other quarterbacks on the roster are Brissett and Scott Tolzien, who was benched after three quarters in the season opener.

Luck thought in April he would be ready to go, and I can not see him publically stating that just to help the organization from a PR standpoint.

Luck originally injured his shoulder during the 2015 season in Week 3 at Tennessee.

Inside the locker room, Luck's teammates understand why he won't be back. He missed one game in 2016 due to a concussion. Grigson was criticized for failing to assemble a better offensive line to safeguard the franchise quarterback.

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