Colts keeping ailing Andrew Luck involved during rehab

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 20, 2015) – A lacerated kidney and torn abdominal muscle has sidelined Andrew Luck for the foreseeable future. The cornerstone of the Indianapolis Colts is in serious rehab mode.

But this isn’t one of those out-of-sight-out-of-mind situations.

While Luck continues to mend with an anticipated mid-December return, the Colts plan on keeping him intimately involved with the offense.

“He’s been around,’’ offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said.

Luck has been involved in daily meetings. Once the portion of practice open to the media ends, he’s been on the field assisting quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Whitehurst and Alex Tanney.

When the Colts meet the Falcons Sunday in Atlanta, Luck will be on the Georgia Dome sideline to offer whatever input possible.

“We’ll keep him out of harm’s way,’’ coach Chuck Pagano said Friday, “but he’ll be there.’’

Why?

“It’s another set of eyes,’’ Pagano said. “It’s great for quarterbacks, obviously, first and foremost. Another set of eyes when they’re out there.

“Just affirmation, confirmation on what they’re getting, what they’re seeing, how they’re playing us, what to look for, give perspective to those guys. It’s another coach on the field.’’

Luck’s immediate regimen involves heavy doses of rest. The lacerated kidney needs an unspecified time to completely heal. When the team announced Luck’s injuries Nov. 11, it set his recovery time as 2-to-6 weeks. That means he could miss the next five games and perhaps return for the Dec. 27 trip to Miami.

“He’s a competitor and he wants to be out there with his teammates,’’ Pagano said. “His spirits are good. Frustration? Absolutely.’’

Hasselbeck gave Luck an assist for his two wins against Jacksonville and Houston when Luck was out with an injury to his right shoulder, and expects that to continue.

“Yeah, he’s been great,’’ Hasselbeck said. “We don’t win those games without his help. He’s done a great job.

“He’s great. He’s great. He’s very unselfish and obviously this is his team so hopefully we can do well for him while he’s out.’’

Added Chudzinski: “Everything you would expect from Andrew he’s done in that way. He’s a true team player. I know he wishes he could be out there, frustrated he’s not out there, but he’s just got a great attitude about everything and is a true teammate and a great team guy.’’

Adams out: Pro Bowl safety Mike Adams has been ruled out of the Falcons game. He suffered an ankle injury against Denver Nov. 8 and didn’t practice this week. Luck and rookie receiver Phillip Dorsett (knee) also are out.

Linebacker Josh McNary (groin) is questionable while linebackers D’Qwell Jackson (hamstring) and Nate Irving (knee) are probable.

With Adams sidelined, veteran Colt Anderson likely fills that void alongside Dwight Lowery. However, rookie Clayton Geathers probably will see some playing time.

“It’s all hands on deck,’’ Pagano said. “We’ll use ‘em all.’’

Rookie cornerback D’Joun Smith could see his first playing time of the season. He underwent surgery in early September to address a knee injury.

“He had a really good week,’’ Pagano said. “He’s ready to roll. Looking forward to seeing him play.’’