Poor offensive line play has been a major contributor to why Luck will have missed 26 games over the past three seasons by the end of 2017.
The Indianapolis Colts placed quarterback Andrew Luck on injured reserved on Thursday, ending his season.
Luck was able to return to practice in a very limited role on October 4 and 6, when he went through individual drills and threw some routes to receivers against air.
Andrew Luck signed a six-year contract in 2016, so Indianapolis will definitely keep its hopes its franchise quarterback will be ready come 2018. However, the injury has not healed as expected, keeping him off the field.
Indianapolis (2-6) never did rush Luck.
Ballard said on Monday, in an appearance on 1070 The Fan's Colts Roundtable Live, that the team and Luck "wanted to start getting some answers" after the cortisone shots didn't work as intended; the quarterback had, in turn, "gone to a couple other doctors just to get some opinions to see where we're at".
"I wish I was better and 100 percent this season, but that's not the case", Luck said in a statement. But the finality of it provided the sobering reminder that when it comes to what will transpire with their franchise quarterback, the Colts may be - pardon the pun - out of luck. "The question is how severe was the injury, how much surgery was required and what type of surgery was required".
Rather than have offseason shoulder surgery then, Luck opted for rest.
The Colts in the meantime have leaned on backup Jacoby Brissett, who hasn't been very bad. Even when Griffin's career began to unravel, there was little thought that Luck's would follow.
The 2012 quarterback class that included Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson once seemed destined for all-time greatness.
Inside the locker room, Luck's teammates understand why he won't be back.
The 2017 season ended despite eight games remaining on the schedule. "I have not gotten that from one doctor", Ballard said. He also rushed for 341 yards and two touchdowns. Five months after the injury - or 20 weeks later - Luck said he still wasn't quite healed.