Luck hasn’t had a healthy season since 2014. He played through the shoulder pain last season, missing only the team’s Thanksgiving night loss to the Steelers. The year prior, he missed over half the season with injuries, which included a lacerated kidney.
Given that reality, and that Luck was recovering from the January procedure on his throwing shoulder, it’s surprising the Colts chose to begin training camp with only one quarterback who had appeared in an NFL game — and no active QB who’d been drafted by an NFL team.
Backup Stephen Morris was undrafted after starting two college seasons at Miami (Fla.) and bounced on and off the Colts’ roster last season. Rookie Phillip Walker started four seasons at Temple, but is only 5-11 and was ignored in the 2016 draft.
Pagano pronounced himself “real comfortable” with the QB situation, albeit with the caveat that his superstar isn’t available.
Tolzien has been in the NFL for six seasons and has thrown 128 total passes. He never got off the bench in half of his professional seasons. So even though he currently is the Colts’ No. 1 quarterback — not making this up, you can check the depth chart here — they have little choice but to get him as much experience as possible in the event they need him to play in real games.
Whether that will be the case won’t be determined for a while. It’s Good Quality Cheap Jerseys little more than a month until the Colts open the season Sept. 10 on the road against the Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys Rams. Pagano said there’s no timetable for Luck’s return from offseason shoulder surgery. In a sense, there is only the hope he’ll miss as few games as possible — best case scenario: none — and won’t need an excessive amount of prep time once he’s cleared to return.
“When they say he’s healthy, ready to go, we’ll him out here,” Pagano said. “He’s played a lot of football.”