Colts Wednesday Notebook: What Is Andrew Luck's Role While He Sits Out?

Intro: The Colts were indoors for their Wednesday practice ahead of Sunday’s dome contest with the Atlanta Falcons. What did the first injury report of the week look like for the Colts?

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INDIANAPOLIS – Wednesday's at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center usually means the media gathers around the locker of Andrew Luck.

This Wednesday, it was Matt Hasselbeck being surrounded.

With Luck sidelined, what is the role he's been serving this week?

Here are some sound bites from Chuck Pagano meeting the media on Wednesday:Chuck Pagano on the spirits of Andrew Luck:

"His spirits are good. He's a competitor. He wants to be out there with his teammates.

"Frustration? Absolutely."

Bowen's Analysis: Luck has been present at Colts practice the past two days with his duties being relegated to advice for the offensive players and no physical activity.

Matt Hasselbeck said once again on Wednesday that Luck has been extremely helpful this week, especially with new quarterback Charlie Whitehurst. Luck is allowed to travel to Atlanta for Sunday's game, but a final decision on that (and a potential sideline/booth role for him) has not been made. Luck is being listed as "week-to-week" by Chuck Pagano.Chuck Pagano on trying to stop Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones:

"He's a rare, rare talent with his combination of height, weight and speed."

Bowen's Analysis:* *Colts.com will have more Thursday on the possible shadow role for Vontae Davis this weekend. The debate comes up this week because Julio Jones (80 catches for 1,029 yards) is challenging Marvin Harrison and Calvin Johnson's NFL records with the numbers put up this season.

Pagano talked on Wednesday how Jones runs great routes for a 6-3 guy and can beat defenses in a number of ways (underneath, over the top, in the red zone, etc.). Davis hasn't strictly shadowed a wide receiver since Week One. It would be no surprise if that changes on Sunday with Jones.

Chuck Pagano on center Jonotthan Harrison starting the past two weeks:

"Jon's playing well."

Bowen's Analysis: It sounds like the Colts will move forward with Harrison as their starting center, despite Khaled Holmes being back from his neck injury. Holmes has started the past two weeks.

Ironically, Harrison has plenty of reps already with Matt Hasselbeck with the two serving as backups together, at times, the past two seasons. Hasselbeck credits Harrison for grasping an offense the quarterback calls the most "complicated" system in the NFL. Things have been cleaned up and the offense has been a bit more simplified, which should ease things for the offense heading into road environments three of the next four weeks.INJURY NOTES

Here is Wednesday's injury report

  • DNP: S-Mike Adams (ankle), WR-Phillip Dorsett (ankle), ILB-D'Qwell Jackson (hamstring), QB-Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney), WR-Andre Johnson (rest), OLB-Robert Mathis (rest)

-Adams is listed as day-to-day, where as Dorsett remains week-to-week. Dorsett's original timetable was four-to-six weeks and he suffered the injury on Oct. 25. Jackson tweaked his hamstring at Monday's practice but should be back on the field Thursday. The Luck update is above.

  • LIMITED: ILB-Nate Irving (limited)

-Irving has been inactive the past two weeks, due to a setback with his knee. Irving tore his ACL midway through last season.

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