Steve Young 'super anxious about Andrew Luck and his future'

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Luck, 28, practiced October 4 for the first time this season.

The Indianapolis Colts announced Thursday that injured quarterback Andrew Luck will be placed on injured reserve, ending his 2017 season.

Luck has been dealing with a shoulder injury, undergoing surgery in January and not playing in any games this season. Luck returned to the practice field, but was shut down when his surgically repaired throwing shoulder still wasn't right.

He's an unflappable sort, so I'm not sure Brissett ever felt Luck looming behind him, but the keys to the 2017 Colts offense now lives with Brissett's right hand.

Regardless, now that everyone knows that Luck is shelved for the year, the fallout can be sifted into positives and negatives. "Career-ending is putting him out on the field before he's ready to play - that is where you should be concerned".

During the 2016 season, Luck started regularly showing up on the injury report, which led Colts owner Jim Irsay to assure that Luck wasn't dealing with a serious injury.

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With the Colts (2-6) in a freefall coming off two straight seasons without a playoff appearance, it's safe to say Pagano won't be around to see if Luck returns in 2018. "I have not gotten that from one doctor", Ballard said.

The Colts in the meantime have leaned on backup Jacoby Brissett, who hasn't been terrible.

Indianapolis stated there would be no extra surgery for Luck, but just rest and rehab.

Ballard told reporters he has received no indication that Luck's problems are career-threatening. The job is his to roll with, knowing Luck isn't walking back into the huddle until next season.

News of Luck's extended absence drew confusion, frustration and criticism on social media. He hasn't been himself for parts of three seasons now.

The 2012 quarterback class that included Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson once seemed destined for all-time greatness. They could use the high draft pick to address a position of need, or if there are several quarterbacks who are as good as some think they'll be, Indianapolis could trade back to stockpile more picks to help its rebuild.