Andrew Luck ruled out for Week 1 against Los Angeles Rams

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The Los Angeles Rams will face Indianapolis Colts during Week 1 without Andrew Luck in the lineup.

For weeks, there’s been plenty of discussion surrounding whether Andrew Luck would be healthy enough to play for the Indianapolis Colts during their first contest of the 2017 NFL season against the Los Angeles Rams. Turns out, the Rams will have to prepare to face Scott Tolzien at quarterback instead after Luck was officially ruled out for the contest, which is the last thing the Colts wanted to see happen.

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The former No. 1 pick has been recovering from shoulder surgery the entire offseason, and even though Indianapolis seemed pretty confident Luck would be ready to go once the regular season rolled around, that’s clearly far from the case. Even if he was recently removed from the team’s PUP list, the fact that Luck’s time away from the football field is extending into the regular season is a major reason for the Colts to be concerned.

As bad as this sounds, not having Luck in the lineup for the Colts should be a huge advantage for the Rams’ defense when seeing how poorly Tolzien looked at times during the preseason. In fact, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that when comparing the difference in talent between the two quarterbacks, it’s not even comparable when it comes to how much Indianapolis is going to miss Luck.

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The defense looked shaky at times during preseason with Aaron Donald out of the lineup, but hopefully Los Angeles can find a way to take advantage of this situation since it should be a lot easier to contain Tolzien. After only winning four games all of last season, there’s nothing the Rams would love more than to see Sean McVay earn his first career win as head coach during the regular season on Sunday against the Colts, and now that Luck has officially been ruled out, there’s a better chance of that happening now.