Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been preparing to start and play his team's Thursday night game against the Houston Texans after he was sidelined for last week's clash due to injury.
Luck didn't play last Sunday due to a right shoulder injury, so backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck took the field instead and still lead the AFC South franchise to a 16-13 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With another divisional rival coming up in week 5 so soon, many were concerned that the first overall pick of the 2012 draft wouldn't be able to play again.
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While head coach Chuck Pagano has said Luck is trending in the right direction, he was only a limited participant during Tuesday's practice but took most of the first-team reps.
The three-time Pro Bowler, however, assumes he will be back on the field and in the starting lineup against the Texans on Thursday night.
He said, according to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star: “I’m preparing to start, and to play. I think I’ve gotten better every day. I don’t think I’m necessarily where I’d want to be today in a perfect, perfect world.”
We will know for sure if the former first round pick will be playing tomorrow when the Colts release their final injury report later today.
If the AFC South wants to restart their season and play like the playoff team they're supposed to be, they'll need Luck under center to drive the team and be the leader.