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Colts QB Andrew Luck not sure bet to play vs. Patriots despite practicing

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck moved around on the practice field Wednesday more than he has in front of the media since injuring his shoulder against Tennessee in Week 3. He also threw the ball further than he has in the open portion of practice, too.

“Certainly took the next step,” Luck said. “Absolutely. Did more and more and felt better and better. I think on track. So yes, happy with how I responded.”

That means Luck will definitely be back against the New England Patriots on Sunday, right?

Wrong.

Hold off on thinking he’ll definitely play. Luck was officially referred to as limited in practice Wednesday, and coach Chuck Pagano isn’t ready to fully commit to him starting.

A lot will depend on how effective Luck is throwing the ball in the remaining practices before the game. The Colts will practice Thursday and Friday, and then have a walk-through on Saturday.

“If he’s ready to go, we’ll put him out there,” Pagano said. “He’s a great communicator. We have great docs, great trainers. He’s headed in the (right) direction.”

Luck, who has missed the previous two games, said he’s “doing everything better and with less restrictions.”

Luck hasn't been able to beat the Patriots at 100 percent yet, so playing against them at 75 or 80 percent will be an even steeper challenge. Luck is 0-4 and has turned the ball over 11 times in his career against New England.

“I think we’re constantly self-evaluating each other,” Luck said. “That’s the nature of being an athlete. Am I better than I was yesterday or am I worse? Did I do this better or did I do that better? It’s a part of the whole process. I like to think I’m getting better every day. I’m pretty darned close to where I want to be.”