Andrew Luck ruled out for week 3 match-up against Browns
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – This isn’t the week Andrew Luck returns to the playing field, but that time will come. And it will come this season, according to Chuck Pagano.
Pagano announced the Indianapolis Colts’ $140 million quarterback won’t play in Sunday’s meeting with the Cleveland Browns in Lucas Oil Stadium. It marks the third game Luck will miss while recovering from January surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Asked if he had any doubt Luck would return at some point this season, Pagano was brief but clear.
The next step in Luck’s return to the lineup is for the team’s medical and rehab staffs to clear him for practice, and Pagano wasn’t certain if that might happen as soon as Wednesday.
“I don’t know about practice right now,’’ he said. “I guess when the doctors clear him to practice and he puts a red jersey on and you guys see him out there, I see him at the same time, you’ll know he’s ready to go and start practicing.’’
Until Luck returns, the offense belongs to Jacoby Brissett. He responded to his first start with the Colts by completing 20-of-37 passes for 216 yards with one interception in Sunday’s 16-13 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Pagano noted the coaching staff will continue to expand the game plan as Brissett gets more comfortable.
More medical matters: Center Ryan Kelly (foot) and cornerback Vontae Davis (groin) remain week-to-week, which casts serious doubt on their availability for Sunday’s game.
Wideout Chester Rogers has missed the first two games with a hamstring injury despite being a full participant in Friday’s practice, and suffered some type of setback, according to Pagano. Rogers was scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging scan Monday.
Inside linebacker Antonio Morrison is expected to return after missing the Arizona game with an elbow injury. The status of linebacker Anthony Walker (hamstring) and safety Darius Butler (hamstring) won’t be determined until later in the week.
Mathis ‘official:’ Robert Mathis has moved from a voluntary pass-rush coach to an official member of Pagano’s staff: pass rush consultant/player development.
“I thought it was official already because he’s been here, been grinding,’’ Pagano said. “He’s done a great job.
“You know how much Robert loves football and wants to be around it. This is an opportunity for us to keep a great one around.’’
Mathis, who retired in January as the Colts’ career sack leader, has been working with the team’s pass rushers since the beginning of the offseason conditioning program.
Roster moves: The team waived inside linebacker Darnell Sankey and re-signed wide receiver Matt Hazel. It signed linebacker Josh Perry to the practice squad.