Andrew Luck sent shockwaves through the NFL this weekend as he announced his retirement at age 29, shifting the focus of the final week of the preseason to the Colts.
But life goes on elsewhere around the NFL as teams get ready to flip the calendar and turn their attention to the regular season.
Three things that matter
Colts need a new quarterback
It’s widely assumed that backup Jacoby Brissett will take over the starting role now that Luck is gone, but coach Frank Reich and the Colts have yet to make him the official opening-day starter.
“We have not had that deep down heart to heart about the upcoming season just yet,” Reich told reporters . “That will probably happen in the next day or two.”
Reich acknowledged the team is in “good hands” with Brissett going forward and added the team will next determine whether Chad Kelly or Phillip Walker will move up the depth chart. It was also reported that Joshua Dobbs is drawing interest from Indianapolis if Mason Rudolph does, in fact, secure the backup job with the Steelers.
Chiefs needed a quarterback, too, after losing backup
After Kansas City learned Chad Henne would need surgery for his broken right ankle suffered in Saturday’s preseason game against the 49ers, the team signed former Panthers and Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore for insurance. The 35-year-old hasn’t played since 2017, but just like that, Moore is behind third-year gunslinger Patrick Mahomes. Similar to Henne, Moore is a 10-year NFL veteran who has thrown for 6,938 yards and 45 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions in 49 games, including 30 starts.
Odell Beckham Jr. a full go at Browns practice
The Browns receiver participated in team drills Monday for the first time since early August, indicating he’ll likely be ready for Week 1 when the Browns host the Titans.
“He looked good,” Browns coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters after practice . “It’s good to have him back out. We’ve been working on the side with him with other things. It’s just the natural progression, so it was good to have him back.”
Kitchens added that he doesn’t want to overwork Beckham, who has been dealing with a hip injury, or quarterback Baker Mayfield as they continue to get comfortable, assuring “they’ll definitely be on top of their game when we start game planning and timing.”
Two things that don’t matter
Matt Overton offers help to disgruntled Indy fans
The Jaguars long snapper, who spent five seasons with the Colts from 2012-16 and still lives in Indianapolis, didn’t think too highly of the fans that booed Andrew Luck off the field Saturday as reports of his retirement broke. He took things a step further Monday by offering a solution to Colts fans wanting refunds on their season tickets.
To any angry Colts season ticket holders who are seeking a refund,
I’d be more than happy to buy your season tix off of you & donate them to @RileyChildrens patients & their families. I’m serious.
— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) August 26, 2019
Patrick Chung pleads not guilty in cocaine case
The Patriots safety also waived his arraignment scheduled for Wednesday on the possession charge. Chung’s next court appearance will be a “dispositional conference” that is scheduled for Nov. 8. He was indicted last Thursday by a New Hampshire grand jury on the charge, a Class B felony in the state that carries a fine of up to $2,000 and a potential prison term of up to seven years. Even if he is found not guilty of the charge, he could face discipline from the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
But that didn’t stop Chung from returning to practice with the team Sunday after he was missing in action late last week.
One video you have to see
Ryan Shazier’s appearance on the field ahead of the Steelers’ preseason game Sunday against the Titans was so remarkable, it was still being talked about the next day.
. @RyanShazier out on the field during pregame warmups last night was simply amazing 🙌🙌🙌
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) August 26, 2019
Monday’s tweet of the day
Luck’s retirement was the talk of Twitter for a solid two days, but apparently, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was unaware it happened this weekend, saying “I didn’t see that but I don’t really follow them.”
The moment Bill Belichick learned of Andrew Luck’s retirement pic.twitter.com/S4SaEBxyuf
— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) August 26, 2019
It was later clarified that Belichick meant he didn’t see Luck’s retirement coming. Stay grumpy, Bill.