On Monday, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts were celebrating their midseason upset of Peyton Manning and the previously undefeated Denver Broncos. Luck had played his best game of the year and the Colts had taken hold of first place in their division with the win.
By Tuesday, Luck’s season appeared to be in some jeopardy. According to the team, tests had “revealed a laceration in one of Luck’s kidneys and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle.” Doctors set a pretty broad range for the star’s potential return, setting expectations at anywhere from two-to-six weeks.
The play that some suspect caused the injury was a routine four-yard scramble that ended with Luck getting hit both high in the back and low in the abdomen. Luck, who has reportedly been playing with fractured ribs, finished the game.
San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen was not as lucky. Just last week, Allen was in the midst of a breakout year, grabbing 67 catches in just eight games, the third-best start in NFL history. His last catch of the season was an impressive 13-yard touchdown, which he dived to catch before landing on his side with a defender on top of him.
Following the incredible grab, he came up in obvious pain while his teammates tried to pull him up to celebrate. He didn’t return and after the game, Allen checked into a hospital. With the Chargers seemingly out of playoff contention already, the team declared that his season was over.