‘Our injury reports are accurate’ Colts’ general manager discredits claims about Luck’s ribs

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Andrew Luck (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

By Mike Chappell

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 1, 2015) – Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson had a quick response to a report quarterback Andrew Luck has been dealing with fractured ribs, an injury not disclosed on the NFL’s weekly injury report.

“Our injury reports are accurate,’’ Grigson said Sunday in a statement released by the team. “If people have any questions about player injuries, they should refer to our injury reports.’’

Luck suffered an injury to his right shoulder in the Colts’ September 27 win at Tennessee. FOX Sports reported Sunday he also fractured multiple ribs in the game.

Luck repeatedly has avoided being specific whenever asked about the nature of his injury. After leading the Colts to a come-from-behind 35-33 win against the Titans, he missed the next two games against Jacksonville and Houston before returning October 18 against New England.

“I’m not going to give credence to any report,’’ Luck said last month when Fox 59’s Chris Hagan reported he was dealing with a mild shoulder separation. “People have told me a lot of different things that I allegedly have or don’t have, so I’m not going to address one and give anything credence.’’

If Fox Sports’ Sunday report is accurate, the Colts would be in violation of the NFL’s strict injury protocol. A league spokesman said the NFL is looking into the situation.

An injury involving Luck’s ribs hasn’t been mentioned on the Colts’ weekly injury report. If it’s determined he injured his ribs and the team didn’t disclose it, sanctions could result, ranging from a fine to the loss of a draft pick.

A key portion of the NFL’s injury report policy:

“All players with significant or noteworthy injuries must be listed on the report, even if the player takes all reps in practice, and even if the team is certain that he will play in the upcoming game. This is especially true of key players and those whose injuries have been covered extensively by the media.

“This policy is of paramount importance in maintaining the integrity of the game.’’

Luck is mired in the worst start of his career. He’s just 1-4 – 1-5 including the loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game in January – and his 76.3 passer rating ranks No. 30 in the league. He has completed just 56.2 percent of his passes and suffered nine interceptions while passing for 11 touchdowns.

The Colts are at Carolina Monday night.

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