Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano ruled out quarterback Andrew Luck for Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers. It’s not surprising, and Pagano even referred to the distinction as “obvious.” It was earlier reported that Luck will finally practice for the first time this season in the week leading up to the 49ers game, but he’s more targeting Week 6 and onward for a return.
Pagano also said that Luck will do limited practice on Wednesday, rehab on Thursday, and then another limited practice on Friday, according to Mike Garofolo of the NFL Network. Of course, this is now inconsequential for us, as Luck won’t be playing against the 49ers. Luck is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
The Colts, without Luck, have been largely terrible. Jacoby Brissett has started the team’s last three games, completing 59.1 percent of his passes for 683 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s been sacked 10 times, and has 69 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground as well.
Former 49ers player Scot Tolzien started the Colts’ first game, and he completed just 9 of 18 passes for 128 yards with two interceptions. Brissett is definitely better than Tolzien, but Luck is also much better than Brissett.
The 49ers, of course, have Brian Hoyer under center. Luck is a better quarterback than him too, but fortunately, the 49ers won’t have to face him in Week 5. Hoyer has also largely played better than Brissett over the past three games, but that’s not really saying much.