Chuck Pagano admits he sounds like ‘broken record’ on Andrew Luck
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano held a press conference Wednesday, and like most pressers before it over the past several months, Andrew Luck was a primary topic.
It was reported that not only is Luck out for the Colts’ Week 3 match-up Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the still-rehabbing quarterback would not even practice. Pagano claimed to have no new information about when Luck might be ready, admitting he sounds like a “broken record” as it pertains to the franchise quarterback.
ESPN’s Mike Wells provided a transcript of the presser related to the Luck discussion.
Reporter: Is Andrew Luck practicing today or this week?
Pagano then answered several other questions before the subject was shifted back to his franchise quarterback.
Reporter: Is Andrew Luck getting there (health wise)?
Pagano: Yeah… Yeah.
Reporter: The whole world is dying to know what’s going on. Do you guys know more than what you’re saying?
Pagano: You know as much as we know as God as my witness.
Pagano: When he trots out there (for practice), as God as my witness.
Reporter: How much is this up to Andrew to decide, OK I’m ready to go?
Pagano: Again we listen to our doctors and trainers. I’m sorry to sound like a broken record but that’s what we do. When they say he’s ready. He’s pushing and they’re pushing him.
Reporter: Does he seem anxious to play?
Pagano: What do you think?
Reporter: I don’t know. I haven’t talked to him. I’d like to ask him.
Pagano: Do you think he’s a competitor?
Reporter: I do.
Pagano: OK, then that would answer your question.
It goes without saying that with an 0-2 record, the Colts are already in dire straits. Luck’s return may be the only thing that could possibly save the season, so long as he returns quickly, which does not seem to be the case.
That said, Luck’s presence alone likely would not be enough to elevate an otherwise mediocre-at-best roster. Perhaps it would be best to let Luck sit the season out and hope for the best in 2018.