INDIANAPOLIS – Andrew Luck has returned to practice. His return to game action will not be this Sunday.
Chuck Pagano has ruled Luck out for their massive Week 15 tilt with the Houston Texans. Luck, who practiced during Wednesday's individual period, has not yet been cleared for game action.
Here are some sound bites from Chuck Pagano, Andrew Luck and Charlie Whitehurst on Wednesday:Chuck Pagano on if Andrew Luck will play Sunday:
"He is not playing."
Bowen's Analysis: Chuck Pagano ruled Luck out on Wednesday, leaving Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst as the two quarterbacks available for Sunday.
Hasselbeck is still expected to play on Sunday and the Colts hope to get him back to practice Thursday. If the Colts don't sign another quarterback to their roster this week, they will have Hasselbeck and Whitehurst as their active quarterbacks for a fifth straight game.Andrew Luck on returning to practice, but not being cleared yet for a game:
"My kidney is not fully healed, so that does not allow me to get in a position that with contact could further injure myself."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Rocking his normal red jersey and a helmet on Wednesday, Luck went through the entire individual period of practice. After his full gamut of throws, Luck's work came to a close in his first practice in more than a month.
It remains to be seen when Luck will be tested again for full, 11-on-11, clearance. Once that happens, Luck will be allowed to play in a game. This is the final hurdle remaining for the Colts to get their franchise quarterback back under center.
Charlie Whitehurst on getting familiar with the first-team skill guys:
"If I were to play, I think that's something this week in practice you definitely try to make a push on for sure."
Bowen's Analysis: The quarterback leading the Colts through their first practice of Texans week was Charlie Whitehurst. The 10-year veteran has started nine career games, including five last season with the Titans.
The reps Whitehurst received Wednesday was much needed. In his very limited game action the past two weeks, Whitehurst has thrown the ball to some receivers for the first time in a Colts uniform. If Whitehurst has to start for Hasselbeck on Sunday, it won't be the first time he's been in such a situation. With Seattle in 2010, Whitehurst started in Week 17 (for an injured Hasselbeck) in a winner take all divisional matchup against the Rams. The Seahawks won the game 16-6.**
Here is Wednesday's injury report:
- DNP: S-Colt Anderson (ankle), CB-Vontae Davis (knee), ILB-Jerrell Freeman (hamstring/ribs), QB-Matt Hasselbeck (back/ribs), WR-Donte Moncrief (toe), CB-Greg Toler (knee/hamstring)
-It was a rest day for Hasselbeck. Chuck Pagano is hopeful to have Hasselbeck practice on Thursday, and play Sunday. Moncrief is a new addition. He was observing practice from the sideline with no boot on. Freeman and Toler did some work with the trainers during the open media portion of practice. Pagano expects Freeman to play on Sunday.
- LIMITED: OT-Anthony Castonzo (knee), TE-Jack Doyle (toe), ILB-D'Qwell Jackson (quad), QB-Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney), CB-D'Joun Smith (knee), OG-Hugh Thornton (elbow), OLB-Erik Walden (foot)
-Barring any setbacks, Chuck Pagano expects Castonzo to return to the lineup on Sunday. Getting Walden back to practice was key after the outside linebacker missed last week's game.