INDIANAPOLIS — The bad news for the Indianapolis Colts in their first day of joint practices with the Detroit Lions: There still was no sign of quarterback Andrew Luck, who remains on physically unable to perform (PUP) list, which is not shocking. The worse news: The options the Colts have other than Luck did not look good either, and starting center Ryan Kelly — one of the mainstays up front — was seen using crutches after practice.
Coach Chuck Pagano was vague about the injury and provided no real detail about Kelly’s status. But losing him for any time would be another huge blow. Kelly started all 16 games as a rookie a year ago an was one of the key pieces the team was counting on.
That about sums it up in what has been a growing, concerning issue with Luck’s very gradual return from shoulder surgery. That concern might not be portrayed by the Colts, who have made sure not to characterize Luck’s rehab and timetable as definitively bad or good.
But seeing the other options if Luck is not ready for Week 1, that concern should be pretty obvious. Head coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday that there was “no timetable” for Luck’s return.
Scott Tolzien has been taking the majority of the reps as the projected primary backup and the de facto starter in Luck’s absence. Thursday’s practice was a tough one for him, but really for the entire offense.
Tolzien bobbled one snap and later threw a pass behind Kamar Aiken that tipped off his hands into those of Lions CB Darius Slay, for his second pick of the day. Slay’s first…
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