Colts fans may finally get to see Andrew Luck on the field this weekend
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – This is the week, right?
After a cancellation and a coach’s decision, this is the week the Indianapolis Colts allow Andrew Luck to go out and play.
Surprisingly held out of last weekend’s preseason game at Buffalo, Luck’s first exposure since suffering a lacerated kidney Nov. 8 should be Saturday night’s meeting with the Baltimore Ravens in Lucas Oil Stadium.
“I assume so, yes,’’ he said Tuesday.
Trouble is, Luck also assumed he would see at least limited repetitions against the Bills.
“Yeah, I approached it like I was going to play, then coach told me no,’’ he said. “I can argue with him (but) he’s the head coach. He makes decisions.
“As players you shut up and listen.’’
A mini-controversy developed prior to the Bills game when owner Jim Irsay announced on his Twitter account Luck would not play until the Colts’ two home games against the Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles. During the week Pagano had talked of getting his quarterback some work against Buffalo.
Irsay then stoked the fire a bit more when he hinted part of the reason to holding Luck out was the possibility of Buffalo coach Rex Ryan unleashing his blitz package in a preseason game.
Luck casually warmed up with teammates at Ralph Wilson Stadium and said he was informed he would have the night before the team went through its formal work.
Finally getting on the field, against a hostile defense, is “another step,’’ Luck said.
“There are things you learn from preseason games, absolutely. Especially when you’re working new guys into the mix and working on a new offense and things like that.
“I’ve always thought the first preseason game as a rookie is a special, special thing. It’s the first time you go (and) put on a uniform. After that, they’re all somewhat the same in a sense. It’s not to downplay any of them. There’s things you get better at.
“(But) winning regular-season games is the important thing.’’
The Colts have a pre-determined workload for Luck during the preseason.
“We just look at what we’ve done in the past and what we feel like he needs in order to start the season,’’ Pagano said. “We have a number in mind.’’
That number – Pagano declined to share it – undoubtedly will come against the Ravens and Eagles. Luck and several front-line players most certainly will be held out of the Sept. 1 preseason finale at Cincinnati.