Andrew Luck’s status depends on who you ask. Colts owner Jim Irsay admitted to the Indianapolis Star’s Zek Keefer that Luck is no guarantee to play Week 1.
“Can’t say unequivocally that Luck will play in the Sept. 10 opener, but he’ll be ready around the start of the season,” Irsay told the Indianapolis Star.
Luck underwent shoulder surgery in January. His recovery has been slow as the Indianapolis Star noted Luck was not throwing in June, just weeks before the start of camp. Scott Tolzien is likely to start in place of Luck if he is forced to miss time.
“We are where we are with that,” Pagano told ESPN. “There’s no timeline. When they say he’s healthy and ready to go, we’ll get him out there. He’s played a lot of football.”
The question for fantasy owners is where to draft Luck. He is fourth in my latest quarterback rankings, but there is a good chance he does not end up on many of my teams.
According to Fantasy Pros, Luck is being drafted with an ADP of 66, meaning he is going in the middle of the fifth round in 12-team leagues. This is not a bad value given Luck’s upside. Luck missing a few games does not worry me as much as him coming back and not playing as the Luck of old.
With the depth at quarterback this year, I’m most likely to pass on Luck, unless I can get him in the middle rounds.
Overall, for Colts fans there is no reason to panic, but there is cause for concern given Luck’s slow progress. The ideal scenario is the time off gives Luck a rested arm, and he returns to form this season.