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Mailbag: Is Andrew Luck getting a pass on his turnovers?

This week's Indianapolis Colts mailbag:

@MikeWellsNFL: I wouldn't say Andrew Luck is getting a pass. He's been criticized for what he refers to as "bonehead" mistakes. Some of the mistakes are Luck's fault, because he has a tendency to try to do too much with the ball at times. But it also doesn't help that the offensive line hasn't done a great job protecting their franchise player. Again, the Colts are able to get away with their mistakes -- 10 turnovers in the past four games -- against teams like Jacksonville, Washington and Cleveland, but that won't be the case in the playoffs. And their success this season will be based on how they do in the playoffs, not simply by winning the AFC South.

Wells: LaRon Landry and Sergio Brown will continue to basically share snaps at safety. Brown is better in coverage than Landry. Landry is better against stopping the run than Brown. So you will likely see more of Landry on running downs because he can come up in the box to help out in trying to stop Houston running back Arian Foster.

Wells: I don't see the Colts just letting Reggie Wayne walk. I can totally see them letting Wayne make his own decision. Once Wayne's done playing with the Colts, he's done playing in the NFL. "I don't want to be 40 years old and just keep floating around," he said Friday. "This is what I am. This is what I believe in. I've been here this long, I just don't see myself anywhere else. This is where I want to finish. At the end of the day, when it's all said and done, whenever that day is, I just want to be wearing blue and white. That's just what I want to do."

Wells: It's hard to tell, because you never know which way they're going to go with the offensive line. You would think that A.Q. Shipley and Khaled Holmes did enough to warrant serious consideration to start. All indications point to Jonotthan Harrison starting at center. The question mark is at guard. The Colts could go with Holmes, Shipley or Lance Louis at right guard. Louis was inactive against Cleveland, but he did start at guard against Houston in the first meeting in October.

Wells: The pressure has been on Trent Richardson since September 2013. It's well documented that things obviously haven't gone the way Richardson or the Colts have envisioned. Richardson started against Cleveland, but Daniel "Boom" Herron played more snaps -- 47-32 -- than Richardson. And Herron was on the field during the Colts' game-winning drive that featured him picking up a tough yard on fourth down. That says a lot about where Richardson stands.

Wells: That's tough to tell. Wayne's too competitive to want to sit out. He talked to coach Chuck Pagano after he injured his elbow against Cincinnati on Oct. 19. "I told him I was good, I could make it work," Wayne said. "I'm not going to put myself in no danger. So if I'm out there, I'm good to go."

Wells: If Andre Johnson (concussion) doesn't play, keep an eye out on receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He's had four games of at least 100 yards receiving, including a T.Y. Hilton-type performance when he had nine catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee on Nov. 30. But obviously the biggest key will be finding a way to contain Watt -- on offense and defense -- and Foster.

Wells: No. I see them finishing the season 2-1. Beating Houston and ending the season with a road win at Tennessee. I've got them losing at Dallas. I don't have any reason to believe that they can go on the road and beat a team with a very good running back, good receiver and good tight end. The Cowboys have that in DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. And there's also quarterback Tony Romo. The Colts might need to score at least 35 points to beat Dallas.

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