Should the Indianapolis Colts shut down Andrew Luck for the rest of the season? | The Tylt
Should the Indianapolis Colts shut down Andrew Luck for the rest of the season?
There's no point for Andrew Luck to come back if he's not totally healthy. The Colts' $140 million dollar man has the entire franchise riding on his shoulders. Having him bear that weight when he is not ready will cause further damage to him and the team.
The Colts have Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, who is growing into the position. If Indianapolis somehow wins with him, it'll be a bonus. But this team doesn't have any title aspirations this year. Luck should not take punishment in a year where the team doesn't have a legitimate shot to win it all. Mike Wells from ESPN has more:
It isn't worth Luck re-injuring his shoulder or suffering another injury during a season that has already seen several high-profile players, including Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr. and J.J. Watt, suffer season-ending injuries.
It has always been about Luck's long-term health, not the short term. The Colts are fine enduring their current lumps because they want to ensure that Luck is their starting quarterback for years to come.
There is no glory without risk. In a year where the AFC South is at its most chaotic, having Andrew Luck at quarterback at any time will greatly help the team reach the playoffs. The Colts are only one game behind the leaders of the division, and there may not be a lot of separation later in the season when everything is on the line.
Teams have shown that anything can happen in the postseason. If the team is anywhere close to the playoffs, the Colts should do anything they can to make that happen. Having Andrew Luck out there could be the difference between sitting at home in January or playing for a title.
If Luck is able to go, the Colts should use him. Don't shut him down for the season.