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Andrew Luck out again this week

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Without Andrew Luck, the Colts looked like the worst team in the NFL on Sunday. Things may not get better any time soon.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano confirmed today that Luck has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.

That’s no surprise, as reports have indicated that Luck is not particularly close to returning from shoulder surgery. The Colts haven’t put a date on Luck’s return, but it may still be a while.

Of course, if the Colts keep looking as bad as they looked on Sunday in Los Angeles, it might be time to question whether Luck should return at all this year. If the team isn’t going anywhere anyway, is it worth risking Luck in meaningless games, when all winning will do is give the Colts a worse draft position?

Those are the questions the Colts will face down the road. Today the only question is whether Luck can go this week. And the answer is no.

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LOOK: Stadium is half-empty for Colts-Rams regular season opener in Los Angeles

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If NFL fans in Los Angeles are excited about the Rams this year, they have a funny way of showing it. The L.A. Coliseum looked nearly empty for the team’s home opener against the Colts on Sunday, and let’s just say that everyone watching at home seemed to notice. 

When the game kicked off, former Colts punter Pat McAfee was one of the first people to point out how empty the stadium looked. 

To be fair, you can sometimes get some weird angles on television, so maybe it wasn’t that empty, right? 

Wrong. 

Here’s a few pictures taken from inside the stadium, and they seem to paint an even uglier picture. 

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Here’s a shot of the end zone.  

Here’s a look at the entire stadium. 

Not even the lure of a $6 ticket was enough to get Rams fans to the game. That’s right, all you needed was six dollars to attend Sunday’s game, and even that wasn’t enough to get fans through the doors. 

The Rams announced that 60,128 tickets were “distributed” for the game. However, according to at least one reporter’s estimate, at least 12,000 of those tickets went unused. 

The capacity at the coliseum is roughly 93,000, so when only 48,000 fans show up, it definitely doesn’t look good on TV and it definitely doesn’t look good for the Rams. The bad part for the Rams is that they actually planned to lower capacity to 70,000 seats this year, but they couldn’t even sell out that number.   

The good news for the Rams is that they whitewashed the Colts 46-9 on Sunday, and there’s good chance that fans will start showing up if they keep winning. The bad news for the Rams is that if they don’t keep winning, they might be playing in front of five people by the time their home finale against the 49ers rolls around in December. 

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Jacoby Brissett takes over at quarterback for Colts, Tolzien benched

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Nine days ago, Jacoby Brissett was buried on the New England Patriots’ depth chart. On Sunday, he stepped under center for the Indianapolis Colts, and may have just thrown himself into a starting job.

The Colts remain without would-be superstar quarterback Andrew Luck, sidelined for at least the near term. In the interim, they started the season with career backup Scott Tolzien at the helm.

It didn’t go well.

Tolzien threw two pick-sixes and generally looked about as ineffective as you would, unable to do anything against the fearsome Los Angeles Rams defense. So with about 13 minutes remaining in the game, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano mercifully snuffed out the rest of Tolzien’s day, bringing on Brissett.

The move paid immediate dividends. Brissett handed off to Marlon Mack on his first play, and Mack ran for 24 yards. Two plays later, Brissett hit Donte Moncrief for a 50-yard gain, and soon afterward, Mack scooted in for Indy’s first touchdown of the day. Brissett also fell on a Mack fumble to hold the Rams to a safety, keeping the score at a reasonable 39-9.

This marks the second quick-yank of a quarterback on the day; earlier in the afternoon, the Texans benched Tom Savage for rookie Deshaun Watson. We’ll see whether the original starters or the newcomers hang onto the jobs next week.

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Jacoby Brissett warms up before Indy’s game against Los Angeles. (AP)

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If your team's QB is terrible, remember: Colin Kaepernick is still available

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Houston Texans fans, bet you could use a Super Bowl-veteran quarterback right now. Indianapolis Colts faithful, you sure you want to put your hope in Scott Tolzien when there’s better out there? Bengals defenders, Browns pound, Jets tolerators … wouldn’t it be good to have a quarterback who at least brought a touch of excitement under center?

No, we’re not going to do this all season, but it’s still worth noting: Colin Kaepernick is still available, a quarterback without a job on a day when half a dozen quarterbacks with jobs looked far less than qualified for the gig. Consider:

• The Texans’ Tom Savage was so awful he got yanked halfway through the first game.

• The Colts’ Tolzien threw a pick-six on his very first throw of the season.

• The Bengals’ Andy Dalton suffered five sacks, threw four interceptions and had a quarterback rating of 28.4. You could get a better QB rating throwing treats to your dog.

And these guys are supposedly among the best 32 quarterbacks in the league. There’s another 64 or so in uniform behind them.

Look, we know all the football-based arguments against signing Kaepernick: he’s rusty, his skills have declined, he’s not a fit for existing offensive schemes, et cetera et cetera. (Give this a read for a thorough debunking of all the Kap-can’t-play-anymore myths.) You know full well why he’s not signed; his protests during the national anthem have rendered him radioactive. Which is certainly teams’ right; nobody owes Kaepernick a job. But as the season wears on and quarterbacks continue to flail, it’ll be interesting to see just how far teams are willing to go to avoid even giving him a look.

But if the very idea of Kaepernick taking the field makes your blood boil, heck, we’ll add this: Tim Tebow and Johnny Manziel are still available too.

This was not pretty. (AP)

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