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Colts-Patriots will be mega-game for Andrew Luck following Josh McDaniels rejection

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Last week, fans of the NFL were shocked to hear that Josh McDaniels changed his mind on the head coaching role at the Indianapolis Colts after initially accepting the job in order to stay as the offensive coordinator at the New England Patriots instead.

The Colts were supposed to have their first press conference with McDaniels as their head coach last Wednesday, but after the Patriots coach performed a U-turn on his decision, the press conference was used instead to explain what had happened and how the franchise would move forward.

Ultimately, Indianapolis decided to go with Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as their head coach instead, who had coached with the Colts before between 2008 and 2011, but this hasn't stopped some players from having ill feelings towards New England's offensive coordinator.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King stated in his article that McDaniels walking away from the Colts has given Luck a motivational adrenaline shot he didn’t have before the events took place.

King also said that although it’s not going to make him work extra in rehab from his shoulder injury, future Colts vs Patriots games are going to be a mega-games for the quarterback. He said in his report: "This basically is along the lines of, So you decided we weren’t good enough for you? Okay. We’ll see what happens when we meet again."

Considering Luck is one of the most happy-go-lucky players in the NFL, these reports are certainly surprising. It sounds like he'll definitely have fire in his belly when the Colts play the Patriots next season, that's if he plays.

According to Mike Wells of ESPN, Colts general manager Chris Ballard has maintained his position that there’s no timetable for Luck’s return. He has not thrown a football since the middle of October after missing the entire 2017 season.

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After spending six weeks in the Netherlands rehabbing his shoulder in November and December, what’s key at this point for the Colts quarterback is that a second surgery is not needed on his shoulder.

Indianapolis will be hoping he will be able to play once more next season and take part in what is bound to be a very tasty game against the New England Patriots.

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