Colts’ Jim Irsay expects Andrew Luck to return vs. Texans, or Dolphins

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Andrew Luck

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 6, 2015) – The initial prognosis for Andrew Luck’s return to the Indianapolis Colts’ starting lineup apparently was on target.

Owner Jim Irsay expects his starting quarterback to return for the team’s December 20 rematch with the Houston Texans, or the December 27 trip to Miami, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Those dates fall in line with the team’s projection that Luck would miss up to six weeks after suffering a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle against Denver November 8.

Luck will miss his third game since suffering his latest injuries tonight when the Colts meet the Steelers in Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. He missed two games earlier this season with an injury to this right shoulder.

Backup Matt Hasselbeck, 40 and the NFL’s oldest non-kicker, has filled in admirably for Luck, directing the Colts to four victories. He has joined Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to win four consecutive games in one season after their 40th birthday since the 1970 merger.

Earlier this week, Luck said he continues to make progress. He has resumed throwing.

How much has he been throwing?

“A fair, intense amount,’’ Luck said. “Yeah, a good amount. Feeling better every day. Getting some good work in, getting back into it and keep working day-by-day.’’

Luck declined to offer a timetable for his return.

“I think we’re still focusing on just making improvements every day,’’ he said. “I’m throwing a little bit, getting out there, which is always nice, fun stuff. I’ve thrown a couple of times in the past week. Each day I sort of (ramp) up the intensity and make sure that when I am able to come back that I’m not missing a beat.’’

The critical juncture in Luck’s rehabilitation process will be when a scan reveals his kidney has completely healed.

“It’s still in the process,’’ he said. “A scan will let you know when it’s healed.’’

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