Colts’ Luck out against Steelers
The Colts announced Wednesday that quarterback Andrew Luck has been ruled out of tonight’s home game against the Steelers.
Luck has been in the concussion protocol since Sunday, when he complained of concussion-like symptoms after a 24-17 victory over the Titans.
Coach Chuck Pagano had remained hopeful Luck could be cleared in time for the game, but when Luck missed practice for the third consecutive day, the Colts (5-5) didn’t have a choice. Pagano hasn’t said who will replace Luck, though it’s likely to be backup Scott Tolzien.
Tolzien hasn’t started an NFL game since 2013.
The Colts also promoted Stephen Morris from the practice squad to the active roster. He has never played in an NFL game. Cutler not done: Bears coach John Fox announced after practice that the injury to quarterback Jay Cutler’s right shoulder is not season-ending.
It’s still highly unlikely Cutler will play Sunday when the Bears host the Titans. Matt Barkley is preparing to start.
Fox declined to estimate the minimum amount of time Cutler would miss. Progress? Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has missed one game with what the team is calling a chest injury, returned to practice.
Still, ESPN reported that the All-Pro wasn’t expected to play Sunday against the Jets.
Quarterback Tom Brady didn’t practice.
It wasn’t yet known why he sat out, but he did take a hit in his right quadriceps Nov. 13 and had been receiving treatment. RG3 returns: The Browns designated quarterback Robert Griffin III to return from injured reserve.
The team has 21 days to decide whether he will return to the active roster.
Griffin practiced for the first time since breaking the coracoid bone in his left shoulder in the season opener.