Andrew Luck has practiced with the Indianapolis Colts but his status in Week 6 against the New England Patriots is still unclear. The Colts vs. Patriots match-up is one of the most anticipated this season with the Deflategat controversy from last season and during the offseason taking the headlines in recent months.
"Certainly took the next step. Absolutely. Did more and more and felt better and better. I think on track. So yes, happy with how I responded," Luck said to ESPN when asked about his recovery from a shoulder injury.
The Colts star quarterback injured his shoulder in Week 3 when Indianapolis rallied from behind to win against the Tennessee Titans, 35-33. Luck had 260 passing yards on 18-of-30 completions with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in that game.
According to various reports, Luck was making full throws in team practices on Wednesday but that he’s "not a lock" for a definite return for the Patriots game. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano admitted that Luck is "headed in the right direction" with regards to his recovery but won’t commit in saying that Luck will start against New England Sunday.
Luck, who is 0-4 all-time against the Patriots, has struggled in the first three games this season. The former number one pick has registered 753 passing yards on 65-of-115 completions for just a 56.0 per cent completion rate with 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
If Luck plays on Sunday, the five-year QB must perform better than the last time he met the Patriots. In the 2015 playoffs, the Colts suffered a 45-7 beating against New England with Luck throwing two interceptions and just 12-of-33 completions for 126 passing yards.