There is a possibility that Andrew Luck could miss his third game in a row, as the quarterback has been listed as questionable for the AFC South side's game against the New England Patriots.
Prior to this season, the three-time Pro Bowler hadn't missed a game in his NFL career, but he could now miss his third game in succession, meaning backup Matt Hasselbeck could be under center once again.
Luck has been out of action since he suffered a shoulder injury against divisional rivals, the Tennessee Titans, in week three. Since then, Hasselbeck has led the Colts to back-to-back wins against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans.
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Colts head coach Chuck Pagano announced the news on Friday that Luck was listed as questionable for the game on Sunday night. His top target, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton could also be on the sidelines, but he has a better chance of playing as he was only listed as questionable.
Pagano also said, according to Jeff Darlington of NFL Network, that Luck 'looks good right now', so there is some hope that he could suit up against the current Super Bowl champions.
Colts owner Jim Irsay expects the quarterback to play against the Patriots too, as he said, according to ESPN: "I really think that, unless something happens, I see him being a go Sunday. I'm not saying 100 percent for sure, but I think there's a strong likelihood he's a go. I was with him [Thursday], and he's feeling a lot better."
While he might want to go out and play on Sunday, if he isn't 100 percent or close to that then he shouldn't.
He might want revenge for the infamous AFC Championship game of last season, but with Hasselbeck playing better than Luck at the moment, even when he is healthy, it might not be a wise decision to dampen his confidence further with a home loss to the current Super Bowl champions on his return.
He could aggravate his shoulder injury further if he isn't 100 percent fully recovered, which would be an even worse outcome for the Colts as they could possibly be eliminated from the playoff picture this season altogether.