With training camp looming over our heads as football fans, that could only mean one thing: football is (almost) back! Yeah!
Training camp is a vital times for NFL teams to get into regular season form and prepare for the upcoming year. New Colts GM Chris Ballard gave the team a full makeover, bringing us a ton of questions, such as the defense, the health of the safeties, the right side of the offensive line, and more. All of these are something to watch for, but one question trumps them all: how healthy is Andrew Luck?
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As we all know, the Colts’ success is 100% contingent on Andrew Austen Luck. Luck has been plagued by devastating injuries to his shoulder and his kidney. He will remain on the PUP list for the foreseeable future, and will not throw for now at training camp. This is a huge concern. If Luck cannot play this season, the Colts will have a zero percent chance of making the playoffs. Chris Ballard and the whole of the front office to not seem too concerned with Luck’s injury, which is concerning in itself. It is absolutely possible that they are hiding a dark, terrible secret regarding Luck’s health.
One of the main reasons for Luck’s injuries have been the Colts’ offensive line, which has been nothing short of awful over the past few seasons. Despite the former, the offensive line has actually been pretty solid when healthy. The problem is that they cannot stay healthy. Key starters such as Jack Mewhort and Joe Haeg have dealt with injuries, forcing inexperienced players into the starting offensive line. Andrew Luck has been the most sacked quarterback in the NFL for a while now, and that needs to change.
The best thing for the Colts to do is to be as cautious as possible with Luck’s rehabilitation. It is much better for Luck to miss 1-2 weeks towards the start of the season than to miss most of the season, and jeopardize the future of the franchise. Lets just hope Luck stays upright when he does take the field in 2017.