Colts GM addresses possibility of Andrew Luck returning in 2020

Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard spoke for over an hour on Thursday, addressing his team’s shortcomings in 2019 and plans for 2020 — and his feelings on a potential return by retired quarterback Andrew Luck. 

While Ballard was clear that “the jury is still out” on current starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett, he said he didn’t believe that Luck, who played for the Colts from 2012 to 2019, would be returning to save the day.

“Look, Andrew is retired,” he said during his final press conference of the season. “I think we all need to accept that.”

Luck suddenly retired from the NFL this past August after news broke of his impending announcement during the Colts’ final preseason game, a 27-17 loss against the Chicago Bears. Brissett, who was traded to Indianapolis by the New England Patriots in 2017, assumed the role of starting quarterback and led the team to a 5-2 start — but the rest of the season didn’t go as planned, and the Colts finished with a 7-9 record. 

Ballard called the losing record a “stain that does not wash away.”

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Andrew Luck ‘hurt’ by booing fans after retirement announcement

Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement from the NFL at age 29 did not sit well with some Indianapolis Colts fans. 

The news of Luck’s decision broke during the team’s preseason game at home against the Chicago Bears on Saturday, earlier than the quarterback had hoped. That meant Luck was on the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium when supporters at the game found out they had just lost their starting signal-caller. 

He left the field in Indianapolis for the final time to a chorus of boos from unhappy fans.

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