We repeat, Andrew Luck is fine

Curt Cavin
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Andrew Luck, Colts quarterback, post game, Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens, preseason at Lucas Oil Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. Baltimore won 19-18.

Andrew Luck is “fine,” Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano stressed Friday, and apparently so is one of his top offensive linemen.

Jack Mewhort, the team’s starting left guard, was not among the four players Pagano listed as “out” for Sunday’s season-opening home against Detroit.

Thus, Mewhort is ready to play following the knee injury he suffered in the Aug. 27 preseason game against Philadelphia. The recovery period at the time was thought to be 2-4 weeks.

“Jack must be a quick healer, a tough guy or whatever,” Pagano said. “I’m just glad he’s back and ready.”

Said Mewhort: “I’m glad the diagnosis wasn’t as bad as we initially thought.”

Pagano wouldn’t commit to Mewhort starting the 4:25 p.m. game at Lucas Oil Stadium, but there’s a sense he will, and it should give the line an important boost.

“I’m feeling good, and I guess the coaches are going to make a decision (about starting),” Mehwort said. “I’m not going to worry about that. I’ll just worry about rehabbing as hard as I can. … If it’s me, I’m going to go out there and play my hardest.”

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The news wasn’t as good for the Colts defense. Key members of the secondary —  Darius Butler (ankle), Vontae Davis (ankle) and Clayton Geathers (broken foot) —  were ruled out along with end Henry Anderson (knee).

Pagano listed offensive guard Joe Haeg (ankle) and linebacker Sio Moore (hamstring) as questionable to play Sunday.

Defensive end Kendall Langford, whose injured knee had him limited this week, was not mentioned by Pagano, a sign he will play Sunday.

Luck’s name appeared on the Colts’ injury report this week, with his right shoulder being listed as the area of concern. That caused the expected amount of concern from those outside the team’s headquarters.

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Pagano said there’s nothing to worry about, insisting the franchise quarterback has no limitations other than to receive a veteran’s level of rest when time permits.

“There’s really nothing to elaborate on,” Pagano said. “Andrew is fine.

“I’m going to manage this football team, and I’ll manage every player based on past history.”

When pressed if that history is based on Luck having shoulder issues last year, Pagano confirmed it was. He also indicated there’s a strong chance of Luck’s name being on next week’s injury report, too.

“I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said.

After receiving a series of follow-up questions about Luck's status, Pagano admitted this is a story that’s been blown out of proportion.

“I’ve got to do my (job), you guys have to do yours,” he said, laughing. “The kid’s fine. Leave him alone.”

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