The Indianapolis Colts have held Andrew Luck out of training camp with a right leg injury.
The injury was initially said to be in the calf, but Colts owner Jim Irsay called it a “small little bone” issue, and GM Chris Ballard later said it was an “ankle problem.”
Ballard could not guarantee that Luck would be ready for Week 1.
The situation is starting to remind the NFL world of 2017 when Luck missed the entire season with a shoulder injury.
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With the NFL season rapidly approaching, Andrew Luck is missing Indianapolis Colts training camp as he deals with a perplexing injury to his right leg.
Luck initially came into camp hobbled with what was described as a calf injury. According to ESPN’s Mike Wells, in March, an MRI revealed a calf strain in Luck’s right leg. Luck sat out portions of organized team activities (OTAs) in May and June with the Colts saying they wanted to take his recovery slowly.
In July, Colts head coach Frank Reich acknowledged that the team wanted to avoid a situation like Kevin Durant. During the NBA Finals, the NBA star suffered a calf injury that led to a torn Achilles tendon.
“I was certainly thinking [about Durant’s injury] … When you see something like that happen, you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s why you do what we’re doing,'” Reich said. “It was kind of like unspoken truth. That’s why we’re being cautious.”
After practicing early in training camp, Luck was shut down for several practices. Luck said he knew it wasn’t worthwhile for him to play at anything less than 100%, reflecting on 2017, when he missed the season with a shoulder injury suffered in 2016.
“I could not live with myself if we get to a point in the season and say, ‘Hey, I could’ve done this to take care of this issue, but I didn’t because of X, Y, Z, whatever that is,'” Luck said. “I’m not going to allow that to happen. It’s something, again — 2016. I still have some emotional scars from that and that lives with me still, but I’m trying to use it in a positive way certainly for myself.”
With Luck still sitting out of practices, the timeline of his absence continues to be extended. Colts owner Jim Irsay said on SiriusXM radio on Monday that Luck’s situation is unlike Durant’s, and that the QB was instead dealing with a “small little bone” issue.
“I know everyone’s had their questions about Andrew and that sort of thing, but I really feel very confident that he’s going to find his way through this thing,” Irsay said on SiriusXM. “After the Durant things, everyone’s erring on the side of caution, but quite frankly this is not even in the Achilles tendon. It’s in another area. It’s a bone. You know I’m not good at these things … It’s a small little bone.”
That raised alarms for one day — until Colts GM Chris Ballard instead said on Tuesday that the …read more
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