Colts take Luck off PUP list; still unlikely to play Week 1

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The Indianapolis Colts removed Andrew Luck from the physically unable to perform list Saturday before the 4 p.m. roster deadline, the team announced, meaning the star quarterback won't be forced to miss the first six games of the season as he recovers from shoulder surgery,

Luck is still unlikely to be ready for the regular-season opener, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Earlier in the day, the Colts traded former first-round wide receiver Phillip Dorsett for New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Owner Jim Irsay admitted Thursday that Luck was unlikely to start in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, and the trade for Brissett further confirmed that the Colts' franchise player would be on the sidelines to start the year.

However, without Luck needing to start on the PUP list, the team avoided the apocalyptic scenario of him missing at least the first six games of the season, which would've effectively ended its playoff hopes.

Brissett will likely battle Scott Tolzien for the starting job.

Colts take Luck off PUP list; still unlikely to play Week 1
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