Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ; Steelers Face Colts without Andrew Luck

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE ; Steelers Face Colts without Andrew Luck

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INDIANAPOLIS - Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin guessed wrong.

He expected Andrew Luck to overcome a head injury and suit up for Thursday night's primetime game. Instead, the Indianapolis Colts ruled out their star quarterback Wednesday after he missed practice for the third straight day.

The likely replacement will be the rarely used Scott Tolzien, whom Tomlin doesn't have much tape on because Tolzien hasn't played since the preseason.

But Tomlin didn't win two Super Bowls without successfully devising contingency plans - and he'll have to rely on that experience to win at Indy.

"I just think it's prudent for us to prepare for Andrew and then react to whatever may transpire that's different than that, as opposed to the other way around, Tomlin told Indianapolis reporters during a conference call before Wednesday's injury report was released.

Indy (5-5), of course, did a good job keeping Luck's status shrouded because that's how NFL teams operate.

And Pagano didn't drop any hints about his backup plan, either, when he told reporters Tuesday simply that the Colts had "options.

The most likely scenario, of course, is that Pagano sticks with Tolzien.

Otherwise, Pagano could go with Stephen Morris, a practice squad player who was promoted to the active roster Wednesday, some combination of both or use running back Frank Gore in the wildcat formation as the Colts have done sporadically the past two games. …

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