INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is planning to retire according to a report from ESPN.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – AUGUST 17: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts is seen in the bench area during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that Luck felt mentally worn down and had met with team owner Jim Irsay to inform him of his decision.
Team officials did not immediately confirm the report.
The report came during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 27-17 loss to the Chicago Bears
The 29-year-old Luck has struggled to recover from a lower left leg injury.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – FEBRUARY 02: NFL player Andrew Luck and Nicole Pechanec attend the 8th Annual NFL Honors at The Fox Theatre on February 02, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Luck’s former coach Chuck Pagano made his first return to Lucas Oil Stadium since he was fired as the Colts’ head coach following the 2017 season. Luck did not play that season because he was recovering from surgery on his throwing shoulder.
He returned last season and led the Colts back to the playoffs for the first time in four years, winning the league’s Comeback Player of the Year award.

KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 12: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter of the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

But in March, he suffered a strained left calf, was held out of all of the team’s offseason workouts and returned on a limited basis for three practices at training camp in July. Lingering pain forced him back to the sideline and the Colts later determined that he had an injury near the back of his left ankle.
Coach Frank Reich had said he hoped to have an answer about Luck’s availability for the Sept. 8 season opener after the third preseason game.
Jacoby Brissett, who also didn’t play Saturday, would take over as the starter.
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