After visiting specialists regarding his shoulder setback, quarterback Andrew Luck was placed on the Indianapolis Colts injured reserve list Thursday.
After having surgery in January for a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, Luck missed all of Indy's offseason workouts, all of training camp, the entire preseason and now the entire 16-game regular season.
Yesterday, Indianapolis Colts fans finally heard the message they dreaded from general manager Chris Ballard, "On Andrew (Luck) - we're going to put Andrew on IR".More news: Mysterious void between two chambers in Great Pyramid of Giza discovered
If Luck wasn't going to play in 2017, why in the world would he practice and take up a roster spot for an entire half of a season? He stated that he is not getting feedback that the injury could be something that ends Luck's career.
The Colts, who are just 2-6 without Luck, have seen second-year passer Jacoby Brissett start the past seven games.
"I wish I was better and 100 percent this season, but that's not the case", Luck told the team's website.
Other Colts fans saw Luck's absence as an opportunity to secure a top pick in the 2018 Draft.More news: DEA, Springfield Police hold National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event
The most worrisome issue for the Colts and their fans is the unknown of Luck's future. "I have not gotten that from one doctor", Ballard said.
Ballard told reporters he has received no indication that Luck's problems are career-threatening.
Pagano diligently tried to protect the Colts' big investment by giving him extra days off during the week last season. He also ran for 341 yards and two more scores. The job is his to roll with, knowing Luck isn't walking back into the huddle until next season.
Ballard's opening statement during Thursday's press conference began with nine words about the IR move coming for Luck.More news: United Kingdom blames North Korea for WannaCry ransomware attack
Rarely does the injury guarantee ever really matter, especially as it relates to franchise quarterbacks. He's a great warrior, he's a great competitor and he's a great player, one of the best in this league.