Andrew Luck can't return soon enough as Colts struggle in loss to Lions

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hurry back, Andrew Luck! The Indianapolis Colts need you.

The Colts sputtered along on offense all afternoon in their 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon.

This preseason game wasnt about the final outcome, but rather looking at individuals and how the different units worked together. All eyes were rightfully on backup quarterback Scott Tolzien because of Lucks absence. The Colts' offense totaled 27 yards in Tolzien's three series.

Lucks return from the physically unable to perform list and his availability for the regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Rams continues to hang in the air because he still has to get on the practice field following his January right shoulder surgery.

Hes actually doing really well, general manager Chris Ballard said on TV during the game. His strength levels are probably better right now than they were in the last season that he played. Thats the good news. Weve just got to continue to process what his doctors and the trainers have going for him and when hes ready to go well get him out there. I dont know exactly the timeline, but we want to make sure we do the right thing for Andrews long-term health and let him have a big, long career like we think hes going to have.

QB depth chart: Tolziens afternoon was complete after he went 2-of-5 for 24 yards with a sack and a pass batted down. The change in the depth chart during practice last week carried over to the game, as undrafted rookie free agent Phillip Walker moved ahead of Stephen Morris, who is in his third season, and replaced Tolzien. Walker, who played at Temple, was sporadic throwing the ball. He was only 9-of-20 for 84 yards and was sacked three times, with a couple of those coming because he held the ball too long. Scotts had his moments, Ballard said on TV. Hes been a little inconsistent, but hes got to continue to get reps and get better and get the rhythm in the offense. Walker, we think hes got a lot of talent. Hes a young player and were going to continue to work to develop and let him grow.


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