Well, this is awkward.
According to Tony Dungy, Colts owner Jim Irsay believes that Andrew Luck is healthy enough to play and that his shoulder injury is all in his head.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Luck, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft, had shoulder surgery in January and was expected to be ready by the start of the season. Well, he wasn’t, and the Colts (3-6) are among the worst teams in football.
Still, how can Irsay question the heart of his franchise quarterback? Especially when Luck has played through pain in the past?
“Irsay talks way too much,” MMQB guru Peter King said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “He needs to learn that in this particular case, the owner needs to be seen and not heard. He just does. But I’ll make this point. Here’s the reason why if I am Andrew Luck I am furious. I’m thinking, ‘Okay, after I damaged my labrum, I played 21 games – 21 games – over a two-year period. And when I payed those 21 games, I played every one of them in pain. And I get surgery, and I’m not ready to go, and every time I throw the ball, I’m still in pain. What do you want me to do? Do you want me to continue playing for the rest of my career in pain?’ To have the owner say that, I know how I would feel. You know how you would feel.”
This, King said, would be like Tiki Barber playing through a knee injury and Tom Coughlin questioning his toughness.
“It’s a terrible thing, especially for a guy who has done everything right,” King said. “He’s done everything right so far.”
Luck, 28, led the Colts to three consecutive 11-5 seasons to begin his career. He has shown what he can do with even marginal talent around him and remains one of the top quarterbacks in football.
But is there a chance that he may be on his way out of Indy?
“I didn’t (think so) until all of this stuff started to happen,” King said. “I’m pretty close to people in that organization, and I have never sensed that they have any interest whatsoever in trading Andrew Luck or getting rid of Andrew Luck. Until you start putting all the pieces of this together, I never have considered it even an option – and I still don’t think it’s probable, but I think now at least the question must be asked.”