Sat Aug 24 10:19pm ET
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck watches during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Westfield, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
In this July 26, 2019, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck warms up during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind. If Luck keeps progressing, then the questions will turn into how soon can he play? We wont as an organization, put any player out there that cant perform at a high level, general manager Chris Ballard said. Im not going to put players at risk. So if we feel comfortable, Frank and I and our staff feel comfortable that he can play, then hell play. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
In this Jan. 5, 2019 file photo Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game in Houston. The popular pick to win the AFC South all offseason has been Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The ever-changing diagnosis for his strained left calf and ankle is dredging up bad memories of 2017 when his recovery from shoulder surgery kept him out all season. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is planning to retire according to a report from ESPN.
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.
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.
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.
Five Hot Starts: Week 3
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Leon Jacobs (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 3 game and has been ruled out.
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Lockett has caught 15 of his 16 targets this season and has 159 yards in two games. He will continue to be a focal point in the passing game and should be at least a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Seattle Seahawks OT Duane Brown (foot, knee), DE Benson Mayowa (groin) and DE Rasheem Green (neck) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 24. DT Jarran Reed (back), LB Cody Barton (quadriceps), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral), TE Will Dissly (Achilles) and CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) were limited during practice. CB Shaquill Griffin (shoulder), TE Greg Olsen (heel) and CB Neiko Thorpe (hip) fully participated in practice.
Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Carson has rushed for 93 yards in two games but has been a big factor in the passing game with three receiving touchdowns in two weeks. He will continue to receive plenty of touches and can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Los Angeles Rams CB Darious Williams (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 24. OT Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) and DT Aaron Donald (non-injury) fully participated in practice.
Chicago Bears DT John Jenkins (thumb) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, Sept. 24.
Free-agent QB Blake Bortles (Rams) officially signed with the Denver Broncos Thursday, Sept. 24. The Broncos also signed practice squad S P.J. Locke to their active roster. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo has started off the season strong. Koo has made all six field-goal attempts and 4 of 5 extra-points, including four kicks from at least 40 yards out. The 26-year-old is currently tied for second in the NFL with 22 points and plays for a high-powered offense that has exceeded 25 points in both contests this season. Chicago may be a more stout defense than Atlanta has faced so far, but they still rank 23th in fantasy points allowed to kickers. Koo has a good chance of finishing as a top-12 option at the kicking position.
The Atlanta Falcons Defense should not be started in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears. There's good news and bad news for the Falcons defense. The good news is, they've registered four sacks and three fumble recoveries in two games. The bad news is they've allowed the most points-scored and the second-most yards allowed to opposing offenses. That is not a recipe for success when choosing a fantasy defense. Leave Atlanta's defense on the waiver wire.
Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst gets a favorable matchup in Week 3 against the Bears. Though the defense has been good against the pass overall, they have struggled against tight ends so far, ranking 21st in the league in fantasy points allowed to the position. Hurst is coming off his best effort so far, an eight-target game that yielded five catches, 72 yards and a score. The former Raven should continue to improve within the offense with each game and his already-decent chemistry with Matt Ryan is a good sign. Fire up Hurst as a low-end TE1, with upside for more.
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Hopkins has been one of the best receivers during the first two weeks of the season and is a must-start option in all leagues.
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzgerald may receive a few more targets this week if Christian Kirk is not able to play. He has posted decent numbers over the first two weeks but probably is only a flex option in deeper leagues.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage has been a pleasant surprise through two weeks of the 2020 season. Gage has taken the Mohamed Sanu role to new heights, as he ranks in the top-10 so far in targets and receptions. However, Week 3 brings a tougher matchup against the Bears, who have yet to allow 100 yards to any receiver this year. If Julio Jones (hamstring) doesn't play, Gage would see a slight boost in value, though he would also be going up against a more skilled defensive back, potentially lowering his efficiency. He is best looked at as a WR4, who could have the upside to finish as a WR3.
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor (chest, ribs) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: It seems like Taylor will not be able to play in Week 3, so Justin Herbert is in line to receive his second career start. He had a terrific NFL debut last week and would have a favorable matchup this week. He should be a starting option in two-quarterback leagues but can be avoided in standard leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Henry has played well during the early part of the season and showed good chemistry with Justin Herbert last week. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been the number-one wideout in fantasy football through two weeks. Ridley is tied for the league-lead in receiving yards with 239, ranks sixth with 23 targets and has scored two touchdowns in consecutive games. Week 3 brings a matchup against the Bears, who have yet to allow a 100-yard receiver, though it should be noted they haven't played a passing offense with Atlanta's firepower. Ridley is on fire right now and very well could be the first 100-yard receiver against this unit. If teammate Julio Jones (hamstring) sits out, Ridley would see even more targets in Week 3. Either way, he should be in lineups as a WR1.
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller (calf) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Miller was held off the stat sheet last week despite being targeted three times during the game. He should see a decent amount of targets this week and could be a flex option in some leagues.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson was not able to play last week despite being limited, so his status for this week is uncertain. He probably would see a handful of touches if he plays this week and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks (quadriceps) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Cooks is coming off a solid performance against one of the top defenses in the NFL last week and has been targeted 13 times over the last two games. He will be facing another tough defense this week but can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in leagues.