NFL Network's Ian Rapoport estimates "a mid-December return" to action for Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney).
As a result, Matt Hasselbeck remains on track to start the Indianapolis Colts ' next few games, though Luck does appear to be in line to recover from his injuries in time to suit up for the team down the NFL stretch run.
While the Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that Andrew Luck would be out 2-to-6 weeks, the team realistically expects him to miss at least a month due to his kidney/abdominal injuries, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.
A two-week timetable for Luck's recovery seemed optimistic, especially when considering Chargers receiver Keenan Allen was ruled out for the season with a similar injury, but the Colts likely were hopeful he would make a quick recovery, and have realized he is going to be out more than just a couple weeks. With the revised timetable, Luck should be considered out through the end of this month, and on track to return to action at some point in December.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck suffered a lacerated kidney and a partial abdominal tear in Sunday's victory over the Denver Broncos and is expected to be out 2-6 weeks, the team announced Tuesday.
Luck felt some soreness following Sunday's game and tests taken Monday revealed the extent of his injuries. The Colts are hopeful he will not require surgery, but he is facing a multi-week absence either way. Matt Hasselbeck will once again take over as the Colts' starting quarterback until Luck is ready to return.
The Colts are on a bye in Week 10.
Andrew Luck completed 21-of-36 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's win over Denver. He added 34 yards on the ground on six carries.
Often under the pressure of Denver's pass rush, Luck came up with clutch throw after clutch throw and made a handful of big runs. Questioned throughout the year for his decision making and playing under new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski for the first time, Luck had just his second turnoverless game of the season. If he was able to put together this kind of performance against the NFL's top passing defense, owners should feel good about next week's matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who entered this week with a passing defense in the bottom 10 of the league.
Andrew Luck (ankle) -- who practiced fully both Thursday and Friday -- will play Sunday against the Broncos, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Luck will be be good to go for Sunday's game against Denver, but he faces a tough challenge this weekend, going up against a stout Broncos defense and likely without the services of one of his key targets, T.Y. Hilton, who is very iffy for the contest due to a sore foot.
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