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Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano refuses to play mind games regarding his starting quarterback position.
He won’t say whether Scott Tolkien or Stephen Morris will start Indianapolis first regular season game as he’s not betting on Andrew Luck’s chances of playing in the season opener.
In any other season, a quarterback decision should be a no brainer in Indianapolis but not this year.
Luck, who is still on the physically-unable-to-perform-list following offseason shoulder surgery, knows time is of the essence and every move is magnified.
The three-time Pro Bowler missed all of the Colts offseason workouts after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn labrum. He didn’t start throwing until one week before training camp and since then has only done minimal rehab work on the side.
Luck hasn’t taken a snap in a full practice with the team and league rules won’t allow him to lineup until he’s activated from the PUP list.
Even if Luck is activated before Saturday’s roster cutdown, Luck would only have one week to get ready for NFL action.
Within the organization, plans have been underway for months. Team owner Jim Irsay mentioned recently that the team had talked to one or two potential replacements and almost signed one quarterback in his 30’s but backed off when the player wanted too much money.
When will Andrew Luck return? That is the million dollar question that nobody really knows.
The Colts have been very secretive about Luck’s rehab and really never set a timetable for his return.
If Luck continues to miss time, the Colts will have to choose between Tolkien, who has struggled most of training camp, or Morris who spent the last two seasons on the Colts’ practice roster.
Last week versus the Steelers, Tolzien had his best performance of the preseason in a 19-15 victory. It could be good enough to end the criticism and hold on to the starting quarterback job until Luck returns.
Morris has been the more consistent performer of the two. Solid fourth-quarter play in the first two games helped Morris reclaim his job as Tolzien’s backup. Morris was 12-16 for 143 yards against the Steelers.
I’m sure all Colts fans would love to know the secret.