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The quarterback is the most important player on the football field. He’s the one who makes the entire operation work.

That’s why the situation the Indianapolis Colts are facing is treading on scary and staring down the barrel at dangerous.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Mike Clay reported the Colts’ star player, the cornerstone of the franchise, is in danger of missing their Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 10.

Quarterback Andrew Luck has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and is only two years removed from having missed nine games in the 2015 season.

Fortunately for Indianapolis, the team will be going up against a Rams team coming off a 4-12 season. Los Angeles has made adjustments and roster moves — most recently acquiring standout wide receiver Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills — but it is still a franchise in the middle of a reconstruction.

Even if the Colts do fall to the Rams in Week 1, doing so without Luck is well worth it if the former No. 1 overall pick can re-join the team for its Week 2 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. It would be well worth it, especially if it’s the only game he misses this season.

[h/t Bleacher Report]

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