2017 NFL Power Rankings Preseason Week 2: Los Angeles Rams take major step forward

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24. Indianapolis Colts (24)

Only time will tell when it comes to whether Andrew Luck will be healthy enough to suit up for the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, but all of the back and fourth about his status has to be frustrating for fans. Words can’t even describe how important Luck is to this team when it comes to his leadership, and if he is unable to go for that first game, the Colts could be in major trouble.

Without Luck in the lineup, Indianapolis would be forced to settle for Scott Tolzien as their starter at quarterback, and even though it was preseason, the backup’s performance against the Detroit Lions wasn’t anything to brag about after only completing 2 of 5 passes for 24 yards. While Tolzien certainly deserves the chance to prove himself when considering his lone start in 2016 wasn’t all that bad, the Colts are already in a tough position when it comes to the importance of winning games this year.

After missing out on the division title in each of the last two seasons, there’s a good chance Indianapolis will part ways with Chuck Pagano if the struggles continue for the team. And if Luck’s absence lasts longer than expected, it’s only going to hurt the Colts even more when it matters the most during the regular season.