Quarterback Andrew Luck wants to improve on impressive debut | NFL
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, the first player drafted this year, had a rating of 142.6 in his exhibition debut yet identified areas for improvement.
ANDERSON, Ind. — Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts brought his revised to-do list to work Tuesday.
Make better protection calls. Complete more passes. Get ready for his first road test as a pro, Sunday in Pittsburgh.
"I think you just try and get better," said Luck, the first player drafted this year, when Indianapolis returned to practice at Anderson University. "Obviously, it was nice to go out and play a game and do some good things, do some bad things."
Bad things? Good luck finding those in Sunday's 38-3 exhibition victory over St. Louis.
All Luck did in his first NFL appearance was go 10 of 16 for 188 yards with two touchdowns and a 142.6 quarterback rating, leading the Colts to the franchise's most lopsided exhibition victory since a 35-0 shellacking of Washington in 1966.
Two of Luck's incompletions were throwaways. Three were drops.
Analysts and observers have praised the man who had been called the most NFL-ready quarterback since Peyton Manning entered the league in 1998. Ex-Stanford standout Luck lived up to the billing Sunday.
He was poised in the pocket, unflappable under pressure and mobile.
After watching video, Luck said, "I think I could have avoided getting hit a couple times, just seeing the pressure and throwing a lot, or changing the protection. So that's something hopefully we will get better at."
files for divorce
NEW YORK — Evelyn Lozada is ending her 41-day-old marriage to Chad Johnson after the ex-Miami receiver was arrested for allegedly head-butting her Saturday.
Lozada's lawyer, Michael B. Gilden, issued a statement confirming reports the VH1 reality star filed for divorce.
Johnson, who was released by the Dolphins on Sunday, also released a statement.
"I wish Evelyn nothing but the best, I have no negative words to say about her, the only thing I can say is I love her very much," Johnson said. "I will continue to be positive and stay training hard for another opportunity in the NFL."
• Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher, 34, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and said he hopes to be ready for the Sept. 9 season opener against the Colts.
Urlacher has not practiced since July 31. Of the knee, he said, "I don't see it getting any better during the season.."
• Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, met with league commissioner Roger Goodell in New York.
The meeting came amid a backdrop of lawsuits filed by current and former Saints players who have challenged the findings of the NFL's bounty investigation. Benson has hired the firm of former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate the accuracy of the league's bounty probe.
• Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson took another step forward in his recovery from reconstructive surgery on his left knee: participating in his first full-pads practice. Peterson, 26, was finally cleared for full activity Tuesday.
• Washington defensive tackle Chris Neild, 24, is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee Monday in practice.