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49ers-Colts injury report: Andrew Luck to practice this week

It would be a big surprise if Luck were ready in time to play the 49ers, however.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will begin practicing this week, according to team general manager Chris Ballard. Luck is recovering from offseason surgery, and all along it was looking like his chances of returning for Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers were slim.

They still are. Ballard was talking like Luck would be worked back into practice and the like very slowly. He’ll likely do very light work all this week and I’d guess his chances for Week 6 aren’t very good either.

Still, stranger things have happened. As of right now, Luck has not been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Scott Tolzien started for the Colts in Week 1, but he completed just 50 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions with no touchdowns. Since then, Jacoby Brissett has been the starter and the Colts have tried to have him throw as little as possible.

Brissett has completed 55 of 93 passes for 683 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He hasn’t been very good, with a completion percentage of 59.1. Brian Hoyer has been consistently better than him, to give you an idea.

It’s likely the 49ers will see Brissett on Sunday, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Brissett was under center in Week 6 as well. Luck has had his ups and downs as a starter, but he’s the best quarterback for either team, so it’s good for the 49ers that he likely won’t be ready.