Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been sidelined for two-to-six weeks with a lacerated kidney, according to reports.
The Colts announced today that their starting quarterback could miss up to six weeks of action due to a lacerated kidney, and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle. However, the team has also said, according to NFL.com, that he will not require surgery and that he is expected to make a full recovery.
The team also said Luck picked up the injury during the fourth quarter of last weekend's game against the Denver Broncos. Amazingly, the 26-year-old managed to stay in for the rest of the game to help his team defeat the undefeated AFC West by a score of 27-24.
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The injury may have occurred during the fourth quarter when Luck was hit by linebacker Danny Trevathan hard in the midsection before defensive tackle Vance Walker hit the quarterback from behind. You can watch the hit by clicking here.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said: "It's way too early to guess how long Andrew will be out. We're going to keep listening to the doctors and evaluating his progress on a week by week basis. We've got all the confidence in the world in Matt Hasselbeck and we're not going to put Andrew back out there until he's healed and ready to go."
Luck hasn't been so lucky this season, as he has been 2-5 as a starter this season, whereas backup Hasselbeck has won both games which he started under center, so the Colts are extremely lucky to have a top-notch backup quarterback to take over while their franchise starter recovers from what is a horrible-sounding injury.
The Colts will be optimistic that Luck will only miss two games as he was on fire throughout the game against the Broncos despite the injury. The AFC South team is on a bye this week and currently sits at the top of the division, but only by a win.
The franchise will be hoping their 26-year-old quarterback is back in time to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 13, and two very important divisional matchups against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans in week 14 and 15 respectively. Failure to win these three games could mean they miss out on the playoffs.