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Andrew Luck Out 2-6 Weeks with Kidney Injury

The AFC South is officially up for grabs again.

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News came down this afternoon that the Colts would be without their start quarterback for the next couple of week at the very least.  Andrew Luck was diagnosed with a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdomen, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

The Colts sit atop the lackluster AFC South with a 4-5 record.  Pagano said that the injuries would not require surgery, but set the timetable for return at "two to six weeks."  The injury occurred late in the game against Denver, but Luck remained in the game.  He actually tossed a touchdown on the very next snap.

With Luck out, Matt Hasselbeck will once again step in.  Hasselbeck has performed well in his two starts this season, leading the Colts to wins over Houston and Jacksonville.

Not to speculate, but the injury does seem more significant that the Colts are letting on.  A lacerated organ is a big deal and it isn't something that you can rush back from.  With Luck set to miss possibly the next several weeks, the Colts will likely be in a dogfight for the division.

Fortunately for them, they get a bye this week.  They'll then have to travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons.  Then they'll get the Buccaneers, Steelers, Jaguars, Texans and Dolphins before finishing the season at home against the Titans.

For Tennessee, this just opens the door a little more.  It's not that crazy to imagine a scenario where the Titans could have a legitimate shot at the playoffs.  Six or seven wins just might get the job done.