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Amid reports that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is visiting specialists to determine why he’s experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder, he’s not close to returning to practice with the team, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Head coach Chuck Pagano officially ruled out Luck for this week’s practices, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Luck made his much-anticipated return to practice in early October, but had a setback, the team announced on Oct. 18, and hasn’t practiced since.

While the Colts have not made any decision on Luck’s status moving forward, current circumstances suggest the possibility of him playing in any games this season is also in jeopardy.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck won’t be going anywhere, according to his agent, Will Wilson.

Early Wednesday morning, ESPN’s Mike Greenberg said there has been a gap between Luck and the Colts, and the franchise quarterback’s time in Indianapolis could be coming to an end.

“Quite simply and succinctly, there’s no truth to that comment at all,” Wilson said, according to ESPN.

“Andrew did a long-term deal and he did it for a reason: He wants to be with the Colts and he’s committed to the Colts. It’s as simple as that. He looks forward to the opportunity to play when he’s ready. He wants to get out there when he’s ready, obviously. He’s just going through rehab; it’s the process he’s going through.”

On Wednesday’s show, Greenberg cited a “general sense” from around the league that Luck is growing tired of the Colts.

“Even with that enormous contract and that enormous talent, we could be seeing, right before our eyes, the end of the Andrew Luck era in Indianapolis,” he said.

Luck signed a six-year, $140-million contract in June 2016.

He’ll remain sidelined for Week 2 following offseason shoulder surgery, after watching his team get dismantled 46-9 by the Los Angeles Rams in the season opener.

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Robert Mathis boasts an enviable resume. The pass-rusher spent his entire 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts, was named to six Pro Bowls, led the league in sacks in 2013, and won a Super Bowl in 2006.

But it’s that last accomplishment that still eats at Mathis, who believes the Peyton Manning-era Colts should have more than one ring to their name.

“Looking back on that team, I feel a mix of pride, and, I’ll admit, the slightest bit of disappointment,” Mathis wrote in the Players’ Tribune on Friday. “I’m so proud of what we accomplished during our era of Colts football, but I think every person, down to the last man, would tell you that he expected to win more than one ring in Indy. If there’s any regret I have from my career, it’s that.

The Colts made another Super Bowl in 2009, losing to the New Orleans Saints in heartbreaking fashion.

Mathis’ career extended into the Andrew Luck era, and while the Colts appeared on track to contend for another Super Bowl before the sack master’s time in the NFL was over, Indy quickly fell apart, missing the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 before Mathis hung up his cleats this offseason.

While Mathis is disappointed to have only one ring on his hand, he still has the Colts’ win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI to reminisce about in his retirement.

“Not to sound arrogant, but after we beat the Patriots in that game, the Super Bowl almost seemed like a formality.” Mathis wrote. “The Bears were a great team, but that was our game. They said we couldn’t play in the elements, and all we did was hold the Bears offense to a single touchdown in a huge rainstorm to win that game.

“After far too long, we finally got Peyton his ring.”

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The Indianapolis Colts will unveil a statue of Peyton Manning on Oct. 7, but his former coach Jim Mora won’t be there.

Mora, Manning’s head coach for the first four years of his career, revealed Wednesday that his former quarterback invited him to the event, but that he turned down the invitation.

“I told him I wasn’t going to come,” Mora said on WNDE radio’s “Query & Schultz” show, according to Dakota Crawford of the Indianapolis Star.

“I had reasons. I would love to come back there, but because of the way I left the Colts, my relationship with (former Colts general manager Bill) Polian, I don’t know. I just wouldn’t feel that I would feel comfortable being there.”

Mora coached Indianapolis for four seasons, going 32-32 while leading the team to the playoffs twice, where it went 0-2. Yet, it was a staffing dispute that led to his departure from the team, as he was fired for refusing to cut ties with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

“That’s exactly true,” Mora said. “It was either fire Vic of fire me. I was asked by Bill Polian – I was told by Bill Polian – he wanted me to fire Vic Fangio. I said, ‘Well, he doesn’t deserve to be fired. He’s an outstanding coach, was then and he still is.’ So we had talks with (owner) Jim Irsay, it came down and I wouldn’t do it …

“I couldn’t fire a friend or a coach that I felt was very qualified that didn’t deserve to be fired. So I got fired. That was it.”

It was Mora’s last coaching job in the NFL. He was replaced in Indianapolis by Tony Dungy, and Manning ultimately finished his tenure in Indy being coached by Jim Caldwell.

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A frustrating two-year stretch has done nothing to temper Jim Irsay’s expectations with a generational talent leading the way under center.

Relaying his rock-solid confidence to a town hall of season-ticket holders Thursday, the Indianapolis Colts owner wasn’t shy about outlining the goal of multiple Super Bowl titles during Andrew Luck‘s career.

“I’ve said it before – we’re into plural Lombardis,” Irsay said, according to Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star. “That’s what our goal is. And I’ll be damned if we don’t go out and get them.”

The Colts got off to a phenomenal start after selecting Luck as the No. 1 overall pick back in 2012, posting three consecutive 11-5 seasons and advancing one round further in the playoffs each year.

Now having made a long-awaited change in the front office, hiring Chris Ballard away from the Kansas City Chiefs to replace Ryan Grigson as general manager, the club will look to bounce back from consecutive playoff absences and begin heading back in that direction.

Luck was playing the best football of his young career before an unfortunate run of injury issues, completing 61.7 percent of passes for 4,761 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions in 2014. He showed signs of returning to that form last season, and the hope will be that a January surgery to correct lingering shoulder issues will have him at 100 percent this year.

Going on to capture two titles with Luck at the helm would see the Colts double up on their current franchise total. The most recent came at the end of the 2006 season, when Luck predecessor and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Peyton Manning guided Indianapolis to a Super Bowl XLI victory over the Chicago Bears.

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The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday they will unveil a statue of Peyton Manning on Oct. 7. The next day, their former quarterback’s No. 18 will be retired and he will be inducted into the Ring of Honor at a halftime ceremony during the Colts’ game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The statue will be situated on the north plaza outside of Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Peyton will always be a Colt,” team owner Jim Irsay said. “This will be an event our city, state and Colts fans around the world can celebrate and be proud of.

“I am humbled, and I am grateful to Jim and the Irsay family for this tremendous honor,” said Manning.

Manning owns every major passing record for the Colts and ranks in the top-five in NFL history in every major passing category, including first-place marks in passing yards and touchdowns.

No other Colts player has had his jersey number retired since the team moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984.

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The Indianapolis Colts are adding the son of an MLB legend to the mix at wide receiver.

Among the many undrafted players joining the Colts during the priority free-agent period is Trey Griffey, son of baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., according to Mike Wells of ESPN.

Griffey makes the jump to the NFL after four seasons at Arizona, where he racked up a total of 79 receptions for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns.

The production wasn’t enough to have his name called during the draft this weekend, but he proved at his March pro day that he has more than enough athleticism to contribute at the professional level.

Griffey will have a chance to make his case for a roster spot in offseason workouts and training camp.

Griffey Jr., whose 630 career home runs puts him sixth among MLB’s all-time leaders, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame last July after a record 99.3 percent share of the vote.

In a move to honor their longtime superstar, the Seattle Mariners drafted Trey in the 24th round of the 2016 MLB Draft.