Andrew Luck‘s difficult navigation through his fourth season’s caused ripples throughout the Colts‘ organization, and Jay Glazer of Fox Sports shed some light on why, noting that Luck’s been playing with multiple fractured ribs. Luck already missed two games with a shoulder injury. This further explains some of Luck’s struggles (56 percent completion rate, 11-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio) while giving opponents some ammunition, writes Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
As the early games get going, here’s some additional information from around the league.
- The Browns are putting more names on the trading block, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, by adding 2013 first-rounder Barkevious Mingo to a list that already included Joe Thomas, Alex Mack and Paul Kruger. Mingo has not lived up to his draft position, No. 6 overall, with seven career sacks — none this season. But as a young edge-rusher, he’d be able to warrant a return. Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith writes the Browns would be willing, most likely, to part with Mingo for even a low-level haul. Cabot reports Mingo would be open to a move at this point.
- The NFL has no plans to revisit its three-year waiting period for prospects to enter the draft despite what LSU coach Les Miles said about the rule’s flaws. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk argues against the rule’s merits.
- With the trade deadline set for 3 p.m. CT, CBSSports.com’s Joel Corry offers six trades that would make sense, with Calvin Johnson-to-Carolina the splashiest of the list. The former agent has the Lions sending Megatron to the Panthers for a second-rounder, while Corry also suggests Kelechi Osemele-to-Seattle for a fourth-rounder and the Chiefs sending Tamba Hali to the Giants for a sixth. Both of those talents are on expiring contracts.
- Jonas Gray or Damien Williams could be on their way out of Miami, with Dolphins rookie Jay Ajayi due to be activated off IR-DTR, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes.