The Indianapolis Colts placed quarterback Andrew Luck on injured reserved on Thursday, ending his season.
The Colts announced the news Thursday afternoon as both Luck and Colts coach Chuck Pagano released statements to Colts.com noting their frustration over the lingering shoulder issues, but felt it was best for his long term health to shut him down officially.
Although the Colts are optimistic about Luck's eventual return to the field, many fans are frustrated. For a player who only had a chance to play in three games previous year with the Patriots, it appears Brissett has found a good landing spot to get playing time and display his abilities. Ballard emphasized that the doctors consulted have said that this is not a career-ending injury-as each player recovers differently, but throwing him on the field when he's not ready otherwise would be. But, then, it would have seemed far-fetched a few years ago to suggest the pairing of Luck and the Colts would not be producing wild success.
For now, the Colts plan on Luck being ready for the 2018 season. Or, perhaps more accurately, Luck would have to want to move on from the Colts.
Ballard said the franchise has not tried to "mislead" anyone about Luck's status along the way.
First, you start with the lack of attention the Colts gave the quarterback position this offseason.
Ballard said, "The consensus from all the doctors is to continue rehab, to be patient and to continue rehab". He also ran for 341 yards and two more scores.
Ballard dismissed any notion that Luck's career is in jeopardy, however.
Inside the locker room, Luck's teammates understand why he won't be back.
Rarely does the injury guarantee ever really matter, especially as it relates to franchise quarterbacks.
The 2017 season ended despite eight games remaining on the schedule. He's a great warrior, he's a great competitor and he's a great player, one of the best in this league.