Andrew Luck's season is over before it officially began.
Luck, who had not played at all this season, had been recovering from January surgery on his throwing shoulder.
And if transparency from the Colts, like we've seen from Ballard in recent weeks, does not come more often in 2018, let the guessing games continue on Andrew Luck, and a fan base left in the dark.
For Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the injury guarantees in his 2016 contract extension matter, since there's now no guarantee he'll ever play again. But, then, it would have seemed far-fetched a few years ago to suggest the pairing of Luck and the Colts would not be producing wild success.
During the 2016 season, Luck started regularly showing up on the injury report, which led Colts owner Jim Irsay to assure that Luck wasn't dealing with a serious injury.
"I wish I was better and 100 percent this season, but that's not the case", Luck said via a press release. The Colts went to the playoffs, including the AFC Championship Game in 2014, in each of those seasons. "The question is how severe was the injury, how much surgery was required and what type of surgery was required".
"The consensus from all the doctors is to continue rehab", Ballard said.
Rarely does the injury guarantee ever really matter, especially as it relates to franchise quarterbacks. The former Patriots backup, acquired by the Colts on September for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, has appeared in eight games for Indianapolis this season, starting seven of them.
But the Colts also indicated most of the season they expected Luck to return to the field in 2017. The job is his to roll with, knowing Luck isn't walking back into the huddle until next season.
"He was frustrated. He's a competitive guy, he knows the impact he has on a Sunday", Ballard said. Grigson was criticized for failing to assemble a better offensive line to safeguard the franchise quarterback.