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December 24, 2011

Colts still in line for Luck

Indianapolis — Now that the Indianapolis Colts have posted two straight wins in their last two games, including Thursday night's 19-16 victory over AFC South champion Houston, many of the team's fans find themselves in quite a quandary.

The Colts will take a 2-13 record into next week's New Year's Day regular-season finale at Jacksonville

As things stand now, Indianapolis is a half-game ahead of the Minnesota Vikings (2-12) and St. Louis Rams (2-12) in the pursuit of the No. 1 pick in the 2012 National Football League Draft.

NFL officials have confirmed that if the Colts were to lose their final game, they would retain the No. 1 overall draft selection due to the tiebreaker, which is their weaker schedule. A win, though, could give the Vikings or Rams first dibs at the Stanford junior quarterback Andrew Luck, who is widely considered to be the best player available for the draft.

While Luck has yet to officially file the paper work with the league office that would signify his status in the draft, he has announced publicly his intention to move on to the professional level once his current season ends.

So what should Indianapolis do? Have a token effort against Jacksonville and lose, essentially tanking the final game and allowing the Colts to clinch their draft position? Or go for the win and take their chances at how things shake out with Minnesota and St. Louis?

Running back Joseph Addai says that the Colts' player can't worry about next spring's draft. For Addai and the rest of the players on the Indianapolis roster, the future is now.

“That’s not for the players to worry about. I don’t worry about that. I just go out and keep playing ball," Addai said after the team's wild 19-16 win over Houston Thursday night.

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