Teams are running out of excuses now.
The deeper Luck’s recovery extends into the season, the more the Colts need to consider shutting him down and preserving the franchise’s only irreplaceable player.
The decision won’t be easy for a staff full of people coaching for their jobs in 2017. Yes, Luck’s return late in the season could lead to a better record for the Colts, who were 2-4 entering Week 7 and one game out of the first place in the AFC South. The Jaguars, Texans and Titans were gridlocked at 3-3 atop the division.
But coach Chuck Pagano and his staff also have to consider the nightmare-inducing hypothetical of a premature Luck return leading to more long-term injury. How would that reflect on those in charge?
9. Buffalo Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines (hamstring), guard Richie Incognito (ankle) and safety Jordan Poyer (knee) all missed practice for the second consecutive day.
10. Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was limited again on Thursday with an ankle injury.
11. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas does not have a serious knee injury, coach Sean Payton told reporters Thursday. Thomas missed practice Wednesday, but was seen participating on Thursday.
12. Chicago Bears center Hroniss Grasu (hand) was limited for the second straight day. Grasu hasn’t played since Week 3. Guard Kyle Long (ankle) was a full participant after missing practice Wednesday.