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Colts struggling to keep Andrew Luck from getting hit

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's passing numbers the past two games are more than impressive. He was 51-of-91 for 754 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants.

Luck also took quite a few hits in those two games. The offensive line has not done a good job of protecting its franchise player of late. Luck was sacked only three times against the Steelers and Giants, but he was also hit 18 times by those two teams.

“It’s like in the secondary, if you’re not on the same page and the communication isn’t there and the fundamentals and technique aren’t there, you’re going to give up some big plays,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “Can we play better upfront? Yeah, sure. They’d be the first ones to tell you. But they did a nice job. We’ve got to get some things to get cleaned up obviously moving forward. We’ll go to work on that and we’ve got to make sure we do the best that we can to make sure 12 stays upright, stays clean and takes some of those hits off of him.”

Luck was 2-of-11 for 44 yards and a touchdown when under duress or when he took a hit against the Steelers. He was 4-of-10 for 99 yards and a touchdown in the same situation against the Giants.