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Andrew Luck could return in time to play 49ers in Week 5

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Luck is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and should be returning to practice soon.

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The San Francisco 49ers will play the Arizona Cardinals in their next game, but after that will head to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5. It appears, on paper, as one of the easier games the 49ers will play this season and represents their best chances yet at earning a win.

That has a lot to do with the lacking quarterback play (and Chuck Pagano generally being bad as a head coach), but that might be changing. Starter Andrew Luck is expected to begin practicing “as early as next week,” and provided there are no setbacks, his return is “within sight,” according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

Luck underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, and his return was always supposed to happen around this time. The Colts didn’t place him on the physically unable to perform list, which would have prevented him from practicing until after Week 6.

For now, I think it’s unlikely that Luck is back in time to face in the 49ers in Week 5, but the possibility is there, at the very least.

Colts quarterback play has been lacking to say the least. Not looking at Sunday’s game, Jacoby Brissett and Scott Tolzien combined for 58 attempts, 31 completions, 395 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in the first two weeks.

Last season, in 15 games, Luck completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 4,240 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.