Denver (un)welcome wagon awaits Colts, Luck

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The competitive side of Andrew Luck can’t wait for this weekend’s business trip to Denver.

“Very few times in life do you get to go somewhere where 80,000 people want to call you bad names,’’ the Indianapolis Colts quarterback said Wednesday. “It’s cool. It’s sort of special.’’

The reason for the rude welcome awaiting Luck and the Colts Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is understandable. Luck is 3-1 against the Broncos and the Colts have eight of the last nine and 11 of the last 14 in the series.

Twice, they’ve knocked Denver from the unbeaten ranks (2015, ’13).

Twice, they’ve ruined Peyton Manning’s return to Indy (’15, ’13).

Three times, they’ve eliminated the Broncos from the playoffs (’03, ’04, ’14).

“It’s just something about Indy,’’ Denver running back C.J. Anderson said. “Whenever they come here or whenever we go there, they just find ways to win football gams against us.

“They got our number, to be honest.’’

Luck has been solid in his four shots at the Broncos: 104-of-170 (61.2 percent) for 1,115 yards with nine touchdowns, four interceptions and an 88.2 passer rating.

Medical matters: 

First the good news: Luck isn’t listed on Wednesday’s injury/participation report.

Now the bad: 13 players were either limited or did not practice.

Those held out of practice: linebackers Robert Mathis (foot) and Trent Cole (back), cornerbacks Patrick Robinson (concussion) and Vontae Davis (ankle), safeties T.J. Green (knee) and Clayton Geathers (personal) and offensive tackle Joe Reitz (back).

Limited: cornerbacks Darius Butler (ankle) and Antonio Cromartie (hamstring), defensive ends Henry Anderson (knee) and Kendall Langford (knee), defensive tackle Zach Kerr (foot) and offensive lineman Jon Harrison (back).

Mathis showed up for his Tuesday appearance on the Query & Schultz Show on Fox Sports 975 with his right foot in a protective boot. He said he “kinda hyper-extended’’ a toe, and added the boot was for “preventative maintenance.’’