What do the Indianapolis Colts do with Andrew Luck?

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Sit him throughout 2017

This is arguably the best scenario for Luck and the franchise long-term. Obviously a healthy Andrew Luck is better served out on the field, but is he truly going to be 100% at all this year?

The 28-year-old has already missed 10 games in his short career. Thought that is largely due to a lacerated kidney he picked up against Denver in 2015. But, he has now had multiple shoulder injuries and with the obvious reliance on that part of his body to throw effectively, he needs to be managed carefully going forward.

Sitting Luck would condemn Indy to one of the league’s worst records but tanking might not be the worst idea. It gives the franchise cornerstone time to heal fully and come back in 2018 refreshed and ready to produce the kind of football we are used to seeing from him.

Additionally, it would almost definitely leave them with a top three pick in the 2018 draft. This could be used to draft more playmakers on defense, or more importantly, to get protection for Luck.

There are some top offensive linemen projected to come out this coming year who would be day one starters for the Colts and afford Luck the protection he vitally needs.

Realistically, Luck sitting throughout the 2017 season isn’t likely given the desperate situation the franchise finds itself in. However, it is the smart play and an option the front office and coaching staff should consider.