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Andrew Luck injury report issue figures to be watched closely in New England

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Given the recent history between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, with Colts general manager Ryan Grigson alerting the NFL of his concerns about the inflation level of Patriots footballs to spark Deflategate, Sunday's developments regarding Grigson and injury reports figures to be watched closely in New England.

ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert detailed the issue.

It started with Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reporting Sunday that Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck injured his ribs in a Week 3 game against the Titans, the same game in which he hurt his shoulder.

Luck's reported rib injury was never disclosed on the Colts' injury report. After missing two games with a shoulder injury, Luck returned for a Week 6 game against the Patriots.

Injury reports are viewed by the NFL as an issue of the integrity of the game, and as a matter of policy the league will investigate, according to Seifert.

Did the Colts violate the integrity of the game? And what process will the league take to find the answer?

In most other years, the answers to these questions might be a blip on the radar in New England. But in the aftermath of Deflategate, and hard feelings between the clubs, this Colts-based story had an undeniable connection to the Patriots and their followers as well.