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Rumblings Andrew Luck could open 2017 season on PUP list

It seems unlikely, but it is on the radar. If it happens, he would miss Week 5 vs. the 49ers.

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The Indianapolis Colts placed quarterback Andrew Luck on the Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) list to open 2017 training camp, and his shoulder injury may take a little longer to heal. Luck would not commit to being ready for Week 1, and while he said he sees a light at the end of the tunnel, CBS Sports NFL columnist Jason La Canfora is hearing rumblings Luck could open the season on the Reserve/PUP list.

We try and take La Canfora reports with a grain of salt, as his accuracy can be dubious at times. But putting Luck on the PUP list gave the Colts the option of using the regular season list. In the first link above, Luck said he has a ways to go, but he is optimistic about where things are headed. He has begun his throwing program, but there is still a lot of work in front of him. It sounds like season-opening PUP is the worst case scenario, but it is still at least on the radar.

If Luck does end up opening the season on the PUP list, that means the San Francisco 49ers would not face him in Week 5 when they travel to Indianapolis. They would still face old friend Frank Gore, but if Luck opens the season on the PUP list, he has to remain on it through the first six weeks of the season.