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Daily Madden: Is Luck A Lock To Play In Indy?

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Andrew Luck completed 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards. (Dean Hare/AP)

Andrew Luck completed 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards. (Dean Hare/AP)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – With the worst record in the NFL, it appears likely the winless Indianapolis Colts will have the first pick in the draft.

John Madden told the KCBS morning crew Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck should be their choice regardless of whether Colts quarterback Peyton Manning recovers from his neck injury.

“I think you still play that card. You just look at the success of the Green Bay Packers,” Madden said, noting that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for several seasons before becoming one of the best in the league.

“If Peyton were to come back and be okay, I can see where it would work that way,” said the former coach. “If Peyton could never play again and doesn’t come back and Luck is the guy, I can see where it would work that way. So I don’t see any other way for the Colts to go than Andrew Luck.”

Despite his inconsistent play, Denver quarterback Tim Tebow led the Broncos to another comeback victory Sunday.

“He’s your quarterback until another quarterback comes in and beats him out and is better than he is,” Madden said. “If some guy could come in and beat Tebow out and be a better quarterback for me than Tebow, I would find another position for Tebow to play. You just can’t take a guy that is a winner like he is, a competitor like he is, and big and strong and fast and shaped like him, and not have a place on your football team for him.”

John scoffed at the ESPN report that the Chicago Bears might be interested in bringing former QB Brett Favre out of retirement.

“That’s tired,” Madden said. “He’s not going to play. He might go out and play catch in the back yard.” (7:40)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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