Andrew Luck didn’t play in Week 1, he’s not going to play in Week 2, and given how bad the Indianapolis Colts (0-1) are, there’s not much incentive to play him until his shoulder is fully healed.
Only that’s a point of conflict in Indy.
“Look, everybody’s been talking about that shoulder. He made the decision to have that surgery. It wasn’t like a team decision. He said, ‘I’m having it.’ From what I heard, they weren’t real enamored with it and he went and had it anyways,” CBSSports.com senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “He’s been bothered by it for a couple of years now. He wanted to get it fixed. You may as well get it fixed to the point where it doesn’t bother you anymore, so leave it up to him. If he’s not feeling good, don’t play him. He’s the franchise quarterback.”
Luck, a former No. 1 pick, led the Colts to an 11-5 record – and the playoffs – in his first three NFL seasons. Indy, however, has finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs each of the last two years.
After a 46-9 loss to the Rams in Week 1, don’t expect the Colts to rebound for a playoff run – not even in the AFC South.
“Maybe this year you just get over it and move on and get him back healthy next year,” Prisco said. “Because let’s face it: The Colts roster stinks, and without him, it really stinks. So they need to get him back on the field. Whatever time he needs, allow him to have it.”
Chuck Pagano, unfortunately, doesn’t have that kind of time. Pagano has been on the hot seat for several seasons, and a bad year – 3-13, 4-12 – isn’t going to help matters.
“Him and Marvin Lewis both are on the hot seat,” Prisco said. “They’re toast. If they don’t turn it around, they’re toast, there’s no question about it.”
Lewis’ Bengals (0-2) haven’t scored a touchdown through two games and have just nine points in eight quarters.
The Colts haven’t been much better, and if they don’t turn things around, Pagano will likely be out of a job – despite signing a four-year extension in 2016.
“You know how those go,” Pagano said of NFL-contract volatility. “They’ll pay you to walk away. They don’t care.”
The Colts host the Cardinals (0-1) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.