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‘You want to play’: Colts’ Andrew Luck wants to get back on the field

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Quarterback Andrew Luck on the sidelines during the Colts' 25-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 29, 2015.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 22, 2015) – As the calendar begins to conspire against him, Andrew Luck’s frustration level continues to rise.

He’s already been ruled out of the Indianapolis Colts’ Sunday trip to Miami, meaning he’ll miss a sixth straight game since suffering a lacerated kidney Nov. 8. Another week, more waiting.

“Every game is frustrating that you don’t play,” Luck said Tuesday. “And as the games sort of get a little more meaningful and it gets into December football, it nags on you a little more.

“But you also have to sit back and control what you can control through this process, and that’s getting good rehab sessions in and making sure when the time does come I’m ready to go.”

Barring the Colts miraculously making the playoffs, the only opportunity is Jan. 3 when they close the season at home against Tennessee.

It’s entirely possible the Colts will have been eliminated for the postseason when the Titans visit. Even so, Luck wants to play if he gains medical clearance.

Why?

“It’s football, man” he said. “And there will be something on the line.

“Competitive nature, you want to play.”

Luck continues to ramp up his on-field work. He saw limited work in two practices last week that did not include 11-on-11 team drills. He hopes to be given a heavier workload Wednesday, although he revealed the kidney still isn’t 100 percent.

Luck initially was expected to miss up to six weeks, which would have had him returning against the Dolphins.

“I guess in my mind I thought I would have been playing (by now),” he said. “I realized the sort of ambiguity of this type of injury. Not that it’s unprecedented, but (there’s) not much to do about it and no one has much info on it.”

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