Andrew Luck clears concussion protocol

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Andrew Luck has passed the NFL's concussion protocol and will be back under center for the Colts Monday night when Indy takes on the Jets.

Luck practiced fully Saturday for the second straight day and said earlier in the week he didn't have any restrictions and felt great.

The concussion forced the former first-overall pick to watch the Colts Week 12 loss to the Steelers from the sidelines after suffering the injury November 20th against the Titans.

At 5-6, the Colts are looking up at both the Titans and the AFC South Division leading Texans but with a healthy and raring to go Luck, their playoff hopes are very much alive.

"Sitting and watching is no fun. Playing is fun. Practicing is fun. Winning is fun," Luck said Wednesday.

This is unlike the situation Indy found itself in last season. Heading into Week 13, the Colts were 6-5 and sitting atop the division, yet with the postseason in their sights Luck was out with a lacerated kidney that would end his season. The team would trudge to an 8-8 finish and miss the playoffs.

Having his three-time Pro Bowl signal-caller for a stretch run this go-round has struck a confident tone in coach Chuck Pagano.

"You want to have all your guys out there and certainly Andrew is a guy you want to have on the field. I think everybody is excited about that. Whatever happens, this team will deal with it. It doesn't matter. They will respond to whatever the circumstances are, whatever the adversity is just like they did last year to find a way to win games and sometimes you have to do it without the guy and that is not the case right now hopefully," he said.

Speaking of hope, Luck is holding out for some with T.Y. Hilton listed as questionable for Monday night's game with a back injury.