The mystery of Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury continues to grow.
Last week, despite Luck being listed as questionable, Colts coach Chuck Pagano insisted he thought the quarterback would be available for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.
Instead, Luck missed the first game of his NFL career, and backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck got the start.
A Colts source told ESPN’s Mike Wells that there’s no truth to that report, listing him as day-to-day on their injury report. Pagano said Luck had a “sore shoulder” and that he took the majority of snaps in practice. Meanwhile, Luck said he’s getting better each day.
So while it would seem that Luck is moving closer to starting against the Houston Texans on Thursday, the Colts just made another move that casts doubt on how healthy Luck really is.
Last week, with Luck going easy in practice, the Colts signed backup quarterback Josh Johnson. They said they were just covering their bases.
The Colts then cut Johnson on Monday, but re-signed him again on Wednesday.
This doesn’t mean that Luck is out. It just further clouds his current state. On Wednesday, the Colts listed both Luck and Hasselbeck as questionable for Thursday’s game, so Johnson’s re-signing could just be insurance. Hasselbeck had missed practice on Tuesday with an illness.
Nonetheless, the Colts weren’t open about Luck’s status last week, and again this week, they have been saying they think he’s going to play. However, nobody is sure of the validity of the “subluxation” report, and the Colts just brought back a backup quarterback that they cut when they thought Luck was good to go.