According to the report, Luck was dealing with pain from the cartilage injury when he returned to the field in late October after missing time for an apparent shoulder injury, and needed pain-killing injections in order to play.
Luck was ruled out for his team’s Week 17 game against the Tennessee Titans. The quarterback, who returned to practice earlier this month for the first time since Nov. 6., will miss his seventh straight game as he recovers from a lacerated kidney.
Luck, 26, declined to comment when asked about the torn cartilage injury. In seven games this season, the quarterback completed 55.3% of his passes, throwing for 1,881 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Backup quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst were injured in last Sunday’s win against the Miami Dolphins, and head coach Chuck Pagano has yet to name a starter for Sunday. The Colts’ options include Ryan Lindley, Josh Freeman and Stephen Morris, who were just recently added to the team’s roster.
The Colts (7–8) host the Titans (3–12) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.