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Andrew Luck injury to kidney, abdomen could lead to 6 missed weeks; Could return for Dolphins game

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The Miami Dolphins face the Indianapolis Colts in seven weeks. The Colts may be without their star quarterback until that game.

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According to an announcement from the team, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has a partial tear to an abdominal muscle and a laceration to a kidney. The injuries will sideline the fourth-year quarterback, potentially for the next 2-6 weeks. That could mean he would return to face the Miami Dolphins December 27 in South Florida.

That could also be the second starting quarterback who will miss games due to injury only to return to face the Dolphins. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to return to the team in two weeks, just as the Cowboys face the Dolphins.

Luck has struggled this season, with most analysts believing the former number one overall pick was dealing with some sort of injury. The Colts are being investigated by the NFL for failing to disclose a potential ribs injury for Luck earlier this year.

The injuries, sustained int he fourth quarter of the team's game against the Denver Broncos this past weekend, are not expected to require surgery, and a full recovery is anticipated, according to the team. Matt Hasselbeck will return to the starting lineup to replace Luck. Hasselbeck replaced Luck earlier this year as Luck recovered from a shoulder injury.