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Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) said Tuesday that he's been doing "a little bit of throwing" lately. He's continuing to strengthen that troublesome throwing shoulder and is happy with the progress he's making. Luck also revealed that another surgery is not in the plans. "That is not an option for me right now," he said. "That ship has sailed as far as I'm concerned. Which is a relief, I'm not going to lie." HC Frank Reich, meanwhile, said he's "hopeful" Luck will be able to throw in OTAs in April. That right shoulder will continue to be 1 of the biggest storylines of the offseason.

The Colts on Sunday night announced a deal to make Eagles OC Frank Reich their new HC. That, of course, comes less than a week after Josh McDaniels backed out of his agreement to stick with the Patriots. Reich spent 2 years coordinating the Philly offense under Doug Pederson after coordinating the Chargers offense in 2014-15. Reich had a top-9 finish in yards at each stop but just 1 offense (2017) that ranked better than 16th in scoring. He also opened his coaching career with 6 years as an intern and then offensive assistant for the Colts. Reich served on an Eagles staff that put forth a top-level offense and helped 2nd-year QB Carson Wentz develop impressively. We'll see who else joins him on the new Colts' staff. The Eagles, meanwhile, head toward 2018 needing a new OC and QBs coach. (John DiFilippo left to become Minnesota's OC.) That'll present a challenge, though Pederson plus the return of Wentz and plenty of skill-position talent should have us believing in plenty of Eagles as 2018 fantasy factors. The biggest -- and yet unanswered -- question for Indy will be Andrew Luck's recovery from shoulder surgery.

Colts QB Andrew Luck is "very close" to throwing again, a source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Luck has traveled to Los Angeles to train with mechanics gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, who have worked with Tom Brady and other NFL QBs. How that troublesome shoulder responds to increased activity will go a long way toward determining Luck's 2018 status, although Rapoport notes that he isn't expected to need another surgery. We'll continue to keep a close eye on Luck's progress.

The Colts are set to name Josh McDaniels their next HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The hire will become official shortly after the Super Bowl. McDaniels struggled in his first go-around as HC, compiling an 11-17 record in less than 2 seasons in Denver. But he's still widely regarded as 1 of the top offensive minds in the game. His Broncos squads ranked 15th and 13th, respectively, in total offense with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow under center. And McDaniels has helped guide the Patriots to top-11 finishes in total offense in 6 straight seasons. He now inherits a Colts offense with promise -- but also plenty of question marks. Chief among them is the health of QB Andrew Luck.

The Colts have fired HC Chuck Pagano. He took his squad to the playoffs in each of his first 3 seasons but hasn't topped 8 wins in any of the last 3. New GM Chris Ballard will make his 1st HC hire with Indy. Patriots OC Josh McDaniels has been bandied about as a candidate for the gig.

The Colts have ruled CB Rashaan Melvin (hand) out once again for Week 16.

Colts QB Andrew Luck might need another surgery, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Luck is scheduled to resume throwing soon. How he feels then will determine whether he goes under the knife again in January. The procedure would address biceps tendinitis, which is what caused pain and discomfort when he resumed throwing earlier this year. Recovery from that surgery tends to take 3-6 months. Luck is reportedly "optimistic" that he'll avoid surgery after extensive treatment and rehab in Europe. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation.

The forecast for today's Colts-Bills game calls for temperatures in the low 30s, a 60% chance of snow and winds of 20-30 mph. The wind, in particular, is a concern for the passing and kicking games. We'd avoid Ks Stephen Hauschka and Adam Vinatieri. Downgrade WR T.Y. Hilton with the wind likely to impact deep passes. TE Jack Doyle should be fine in the short passing game. Hopefully you weren't planning to use anyone else in these passing attacks. RBs LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore should be busy.

The Colts have ruled top CB Rashaan Melvin out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars because of a hand injury. He was deemed "week to week" earlier in the week.

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll start Sunday’s game against the Titans’ 21st-ranked QB defense, making him a viable Week 12 spot starter.

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (concussion) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He's on track to receive full clearance ahead of this weekend's game against the Titans. Brissett is a viable Week 12 spot starter in that plus matchup.

The Colts expect S Clayton Geathers to make his 2017 debut Sunday against the Titans, according to ESPN's Mike Wells. The team reportedly plans to have the former starter on a "pitch count" after a little more than a year off for a neck injury he suffered last year against Tennessee. But we wouldn't be surprised if Geathers works his way back toward starter-level snaps soon. HC Chuck Pagano said Geathers still "knows the defense inside and out" and that he has looked good in practice in recent weeks.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Colts QB Jacoby Brissett took the "lion's share" of 1st-team snaps in Monday's practice and that HC Chuck Pagano expects him to be ready to start Sunday against the Titans. Brissett must still complete the league concussion protocol to be eligible. We'll keep an eye on that progress this week. The team will have Tuesday off but return to the practice field Wednesday.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano said Monday that QB Jacoby Brissett remains in the concussion protocol. It's unclear how much progress he's made 8 days removed from the head injury. We'll keep a close eye on his status throughout this week. Brissett will be on the Week 12 spot-start radar if he's able to play against the Titans on Sunday.

The Colts said after the game that QB Jacoby Brissett had developed concussion symptoms after their loss to the Steelers and entered the league concussion protocol. They also said Brissett got checked twice during the game for a concussion and passed each time. Fortunately for him and the Colts, the team gets a Week 11 bye.

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Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) is active for today’s game against the Steelers. He was reportedly a game-time decision, so the groin is obviously a real concern. That, plus a matchup with the league’s #2 WR defense, makes Hilton no more than a low-end WR2 for Week 10.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) is a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Steelers. "But there is optimism he plays," Rapoport adds. Still, the fact that a final call won't be made until pregame warmups is a concern. Hilton presumably suffered the injury in Thursday's practice and then was limited on Friday. We'll find out his official status by noon ET.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Hilton will play today.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Steelers. He popped up on the injury report on Thursday but was able to put in a limited practice on Friday. We haven’t heard any real concern about his availability for this weekend. Hilton is a boom-or-bust WR2 vs. Pittsburgh’s 2nd-ranked WR defense.

Colts WR T.Y. Hilton was added to Thursday's injury report as limited with a groin. It's unclear if this is a legitimate injury or just a rest day for the veteran. We'll know more by this time tomorrow.

Colts QB Andrew Luck has "additional issues" with his throwing shoulder, beyond the torn labrum that he had surgery on in January, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The belief is that the problems arose from Luck altering his throwing motion to compensate for the original injury. He's sought multiple opinions, but doctors still don't know exactly what's ailing him. No one has recommended another surgery, per Rapoport, but "it remains a possibility." Luck will spend the next few months rehabbing before any other decisions are made. The Colts believe he'll be ready for the start of the 2018 season -- but we can't consider that a lock based on how this has played out and everything we know now. Luck's dynasty stock has certainly taken a hit.


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