The Indianapolis Colts face their biggest test of the season when they play the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
The Colts should feel a little more confident going into the match-up against the unbeaten Patriots, however, as their offense could be marshaled by Andrew Luck.
The franchise quarterback has been forced to miss the last couple of games with a painful shoulder injury, but he could be set to make his return as Indy welcome New England into Lucas Oil Stadium.
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The Colts listed Luck as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, but the quarterback told reporters, via the Boston Globe, he is “getting better every day” and is “close” to where he wants to be.
“Throwing better, moving faster, doing everything better and with less restriction,” was Luck's description of his play on the practice field.
“Did more and more, and felt better and better,” he went on to add. “I’m getting better every day, and pretty darn close to where I want to be.”
However, that is the biggest indicator of Luck's fitness that you will probably get from the Indiana franchise, as the Colts won't want to give much more away to the Patriots and Bill Belichick between now and Sunday’s game.
“If he’s ready to go,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said of Luck, “we’ll put him out there.”
Luck Must Improve
Luck has missed two games with an undisclosed shoulder injury, and the Colts have managed to win both of them, with Matt Hasselbeck as their starting quarterback. The Colts would obviously like to have Luck back though, especially considering this week’s opponent.
If Luck can get back to his top form from last year then the rest of the NFL had better watch out, but if the injury still bothers him and affects his play then teams will stop fearing the Indianapolis Colts.