Andrew Luck may miss the first six weeks of the regular season. As we know, he is already on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, and if he remains on this list, he will miss the first six games of the season.
Here’s a little dose of reality on Luck: Only reason to put a player on preseason PUP is to preserve the right to put him on reg season PUP
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) July 29, 2017
Luck’s absence on the field is the end of the world for the Colts’ offense; it will cement another disappointing season. Right? Well, maybe not. The road to week 7 will be arduous and filled with hardships without their captain. Making the playoffs in 2017 without Luck will be very tough, but not impossible.
The past two seasons, the Colts narrowly missed the postseason with Andrew Luck only playing seven games in 2015 and 15 in 2016, while injured. If the Colts do not choke away one of two games against the Texans last season, there is a high chance they make the playoffs. In his eight games in 2015, the shell of Matt Hasselbeck led the Colts to a 5-3 record. If Hasselbeck could do it, so can someone else.
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The Colts benefit from a very light first half schedule, including opponents such as the Rams, 49ers, Browns, Bengals, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Titans. At least half of these are winnable games without Luck. The hope is that this revamped team, and this defense especially can quickly find its identity and hold the fort until Luck returns.
With all of this being said, it is not a guarantee that Luck even misses significant time this season. This could be entirely speculation. Am I terribly overreacting? Potentially. But it is better to expect the worse, especially following the Colts last two season. Another disappointing season in Indy could mean the loss of Chuck Pagano’s job, who will be tested this season. This is shaping up to be an incredibly interesting season.