Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said yesterday there was no timetable for the return of Andrew Luck as the franchise quarterback continues to recover from his off-season shoulder surgery.
Colts running back Frank Gore joined The Jim Rome Show Tuesday on CBS Sports Radio and was asked if there is added pressure on making plays if Luck is not available for their season opener on September 10th against the Los Angeles Rams.
“I feel like whenever my number is called, I’m going to try my best to do what I have to do to help the team be successful, but I think we will be fine, but that’s a big hit,” Gore said. “The young quarterback, Scott Tolzien and the other guys, they’ve been competing and getting better each day. Whenever our weapons get the opportunity to make a play, we got to make it. So [we’re] looking forward to the challenge when we play the Rams and see what it do, what it do.”
Coming off yet another 1,000 yard rushing season, Gore has plenty of naysayers saying he can’t do it again. As always, the 33-year-old will use it as motivation.
“It does motivate me. I’ve been hearing what I can’t do my whole life, so I don’t let it get to me. It pushes me even harder in the off-season,” Gore said. “I’ve been through a lot in my career, so I’m not worried about that. Like I said, I had a great camp, I touched the rock last week, had a couple great carries and as a team, I think we got better last week, and now our focus is on the Rams and we will see where it goes from there.”
Gore also prides himself on his durability. The former University of Miami running back hasn’t missed a game since 2010.
“Early on in my career when I got drafted, that’s one of the things they said, I was very injury prone. God’s been over me my whole career since I got in the NFL,” Gore said. “And that’s why I take it one day at a time. I train hard, and when I’m on the practice field, I go hard. Because you never know when that moment does come when you can’t play the game, so that’s why I compete the way I do.”
Currently Gore is 7th on the NFL’s all-time career rushing yards list. With an average season of his standards, the five-time Pro Bowler could move into the top five on that list, which would be a very humbling feat for the Miami, Florida native.
“That’s a blessing for my name to be mentioned,” Gore said. “Because a lot of great guys like Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, and other guys like Eric Dickerson and Marshall Faulk, and the list goes on. And me coming out of college with two ACL’s and people writing me off before I got here, and I’m still going and now, I have the opportunity for my name to be mentioned with them guys, so that’s a blessing.”