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October 30, 2013

Riding out injury wave a challenge for Colts

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The Colts also have Andrew Luck, whose star status was on display when he outshined Manning on the season’s biggest stage so far. Luck’s ability to thread needles with the football or take off with it if necessary is the team’s greatest weapon. If anything, he’ll have to use his legs more to make up for understandable uncertainty in the pocket in Wayne’s absence.

So far, cataclysmic injuries have been limited to offense, as defensive ailments have mostly been quick-healing. As it sits, the unit is already one of the organization’s all-time best (and sorry, NFL, but I only count Indianapolis history, not Baltimore). In the most important stat of all — points yielded per game — the Colts are sixth at 18.7. If that continues, with Luck at the helm, it’s more than enough to be a title contender.

What’s critical now is that the rash of injuries must subside. If the overall health of this team deteriorates further, like it did in that lost 2010 season (Manning’s last), it’s big trouble. As the Colts can attest, many seasons are killed by injuries each year. The team has Luck on its side, but now, it also needs plenty of good fortune too.

— Brent Glasgow is a sports writer for the Westside Flyer. He may be reached by e-mailing to brent.glasgow@flyergroup.com or by calling 272-5800 ext. 190. You can follow him on Twitter at @BGlasgow37 and @TheHCFlyer.

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