Colts' Andrew Luck out for season after being placed on IR

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The Colts made the announcement Thursday afternoon, ruling their franchise quarterback out for the season.

The Indianapolis Colts put Luck on injured reserve Thursday, marking the end of his season and the beginning of a different rehab program that team officials believe will get their star quarterback on the field next fall.

Andrew Luck issued a statement: "I'm very optimistic". For a player who only had a chance to play in three games a year ago with the Patriots, it appears Brissett has found a good landing spot to get playing time and display his abilities. Career-ending is putting him out on the field before he's ready to play.

Ballard said on Monday, in an appearance on 1070 The Fan's Colts Roundtable Live, that the team and Luck "wanted to start getting some answers" after the cortisone shots didn't work as intended; the quarterback had, in turn, "gone to a couple other doctors just to get some opinions to see where we're at".

For now, the Colts plan on Luck being ready for the 2018 season. Luck has battled injuries and disappointing play.

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Luck thought in April he would be ready to go, and I can not see him publically stating that just to help the organization from a PR standpoint. Luck, too, is culpable for continuing to play through a 2015 injury he should have gotten fixed shortly after it happened, rather than playing through pain until surgery became a necessity. The Colts also would have a potential trade chip - Luck, Brissett or the new quarterback - that might pay dividends down the road no matter how things unfold.

News of Luck's extended absence drew confusion, frustration and criticism on social media. Even when Griffin's career began to unravel, there was little thought that Luck's would follow.

Inside the locker room, Luck's teammates understand why he won't be back.

Pagano diligently tried to protect the Colts' big investment by giving him extra days off during the week last season. He's a great warrior, he's a great competitor and he's a great player, one of the best in this league.

"The consensus from all the doctors is to continue rehab, to be patient and continue rehab", Ballard said.