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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) went through a throwing session with coaches on Saturday.  Rapoport adds that tests on Luck's throwing shoulder this week showed no structural damage.  He remains a game-time decision, but we'll know his status by noon ET today.  If active, Luck will be extremely tough to bench in season-long leagues.  He's not worth paying up for in DFS.

Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is officially questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. He was officially limited in practice all week but reportedly didn’t throw much. HC Chuck Pagano said Friday afternoon that he’s confident Luck will play. We’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. If active, Luck will be more of a mid-range QB1.

Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is "legitimately questionable" for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Luck is clearly dealing with more than just a sore shoulder.  He reportedly threw "a little" before practice on Thursday but was then shut down for the day.  He's not expected to throw much, if at all, before Sunday.  The good news is that we'll know Luck's status by noon ET. But his effectiveness will be a concern even if he's active.  If not, QB Matt Hasselbeck will start.  We just adjusted our Week 4 projections for the Colts passing game.

Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant for the 2nd straight practice on Thursday.  He again didn't throw at all in the portion open to the media.  "We're going to take it day-by-day, and expect to play that's for sure," Luck said Wednesday night. "Obviously going to defer to doctors, trainers and coaches on everything when it comes to that but hopefully a little more tomorrow and ready to go."  We're still betting on Luck playing against the Jaguars this weekend, but the throwing shoulder issue is a legitimate concern.

Colts QB Andrew Luck was limited in Wednesday's practice with a right (throwing) shoulder injury.  He didn't throw much in the portion of practice open to the media.  HC Chuck Pagano didn't sound concerned after the workout, saying that he has "supreme confidence" that Luck will play against the Jaguars this weekend.  It'll still be a situation to monitor closely.  Luck has been sacked 5 times and been hit countless others through 3 games.

The Colts and WR T.Y. Hilton have agreed to a 5-year, $65 million extension.  That tacks on to the final year of his rookie deal, locking Hilton in Indianapolis with the best young QB in the game through 2020.  It's excellent news for his long-term fantasy value.  Hilton ranked 19th in fantasy points back in 2013 and 11th this past season.  Only 8 WRs have more yards over that span, and only 12 have more receptions.  We just bumped Hilton up the Dynasty Rankings.  The extension is a bit curious from the Colts perspective, though, because they just spent a 1st-round pick on Hilton-clone Phillip Dorsett.  We'll see how they work him in alongside Hilton and Donte Moncrief.  But QB Andrew Luck certainly isn't complaining about the WR depth.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano said Monday that he'll play his starters against the Titans on Sunday.  Indy is locked into the #3 or #4 seed, but they need to flush that Week 16 debacle out of their memory.  "You want to be confident going into the playoffs," Pagano said. "You want to feel good about yourself."  Of course, there's no guarantee that the starters will play the entire game, especially if they have a strong 1st half against a weak Tennessee defense.  It adds risk to all of the Colts' skill-position players.  Pagano did say on Monday that he expects WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) to play this weekend.

The Colts pulled QB Andrew Luck in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Cowboys.  Luck struggled, completing just 15 of 22 passes for 109 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs.  But this was a case of a team pulling its star in a game that was over and didn't mean much in the first place.  We'll see what the Colts' plan is for Week 17 against the Titans.  QB Matt Hasselbeck will finish out the Dallas game.

The Colts have added former Browns HC Rob Chudzinski to their coaching staff.  OC Pep Hamilton is expected to retain play-calling duties, but Chud will certainly have a hand in the offensive attack.  As we saw in Cleveland this past year, he favors an aggressive, pass-happy offense.  Chud likes to chuck it downfield and get his TEs involved in the passing game.  Consider his arrival good news for Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen.

The forecast for tonight's Colts-Patriots game calls for 22 mph winds and a 100% chance of rain.  Look for a run-heavy attack from New England, with short passes when they take to the air.  The conditions aren't ideal for Indy's vertical passing attack.  Downgrade QB Andrew Luck and WR T.Y. Hilton.

The Colts removed QB Andrew Luck early from Sunday's blowout win over the Jaguars.  Matt Hasselbeck stepped in to finish out a game in which Indy scored the 1st 17 points and never let the Jags closer than 14 down thereafter.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano announced that TE Dwayne Allen will undergo season-ending hip surgery.  Allen is Indy's best all-around TE.  He finished 3rd in Pro Football Focus' 2012 overall TE rankings -- 9th in pass-catching, 2nd in pass-blocking and 3rd in run-blocking.  His loss is bad news for QB Andrew Luck.  It's good news for TE Coby Fleener, who will see an increase in snaps and targets.  With Allen sidelined last week, Fleener busted out for 4 catches on 7 targets for 69 yards and 1 TD.  He has TE1 upside the rest of the way.

Colts TE Dwayne Allen will miss Sunday's preseason opener but said via Twitter that he expects to return to the field "very soon."  Indy has yet to officially announce the results from the 2nd opinion on Allen's injured foot, but the player's reaction clearly indicates positive news.  Allen's extended absence likely would have helped the fantasy football outlook of TE Coby Fleener, but having both TEs available will help QB Andrew Luck and the running game.

New Colts OC Pep Hamilton told Dan Pompei of the National Football Post that he wants to follow Jim Harbaugh's offensive example.  "That's being efficient and controlling the football but at the same time making big plays down the field in the passing game," he said.  Hamilton, of course, coached under Harbaugh at Stanford before elevating to OC there after Harbaugh left to lead the Niners.  He emphasized that a stronger running game would help take some pressure off QB Andrew Luck by forcing opponents to commit more defenders to playing the run.  Luck completed just 54.1% of his passes in an otherwise strong rookie season.  The Colts ran on just 39.7% of their offensive snaps, 2nd lowest among playoff teams behind Atlanta.  Hamilton said adding OT Gosder Cherilus and G Donald Thomas will help the run game and seems to believe in RBs Vick Ballard and Donald Brown.  We'll remain a bit skeptical of the Indy running game until it proves worthy of extra attention.  Fantasy owners should enjoy hearing of the plan to continue throwing downfield, though.  WRs T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey are particularly built for that style.

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