Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Luck's shoulder was giving him problems a few weeks ago and that Luck has since met with medical professionals to determine the source of the issue. According to Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star, Luck is "not close" to returning and will meet with shoulder specialists to determine why he continues to feel soreness.
Luck underwent surgery in January, and the procedure addressed an injury he had initially suffered during the 2015 season. Since then, the Colts have been unable to get a firm idea of when he might make a full return to game action.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard told reporters earlier this month the team would start slowly integrating him in to practice. Indianapolis reversed course a few weeks later, as Ballard confirmed Luck was experiencing shoulder soreness.
The Star's Zak Keefer shared this ominous tidbit from Ballard:
Zak Keefer @zkeefer
Chris Ballard cannot confirm that Andrew Luck will play in 2017. Has used the words "shut it down" regards to next few weeks.2017-10-18 20:00:52
At this point, it's fair to wonder whether shutting Luck down altogether would be the Colts' best approach.
Doing so would eliminate the weekly questions about when the three-time Pro Bowler will return.
More importantly, the Colts wouldn't have much to gain by bringing Luck back. As Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith tweeted, Indianapolis is much more than a talented quarterback away from playoff contention:
Michael David Smith @MichaelDavSmith
Would the Colts be better than 2-5 if Andrew Luck were healthy? Maybe. But not a lot better. Colts' problems go way beyond quarterback.2017-10-29 17:48:37
Luck's surgery was the result of he and the team failing to adequately address a lingering injury. Patience is the best approach during his recovery, even if it means writing off the entire 2017 season.