The Colts Are Unsure If Andrew Luck Will Be Available For Week 1 Due To A Lingering Leg Injury

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At this point in his career, Andrew Luck always seems to be dealing with some sort of injury. The Indianapolis Colts’ star signal caller is one of the NFL’s best when he’s able to take the field, but even though he played 16 games last year, Luck is known for either missing time due to or playing through some type of serious knock, like when he missed the entire 2017 campaign due to shoulder surgery.

The latest ailment that struck Luck has been a calf injury that he suffered back in April. While Colts coach Frank Reich said the team wanted to let him rest during minicamp back in May, the belief at the time was that Luck could have been ready to play in the event they had a game that Sunday. Fast forward to Tuesday — skipping over Luck missing the rest of minicamp and some less-than-ideal training camp performances (this write-up by Zak Keefer of The Athletic will bring you up to speed) — where we got this remarkably revealing quote from Colts owner Jim Irsay.

The assumption here is that Luck’s injury has either turned into something else or that he’s dealing with both calf and ankle issues, neither of which would be ideal. The injury was also addressed by Colts general manager Chris Ballard, who broke down how the injury has gone from a calf issue into an ankle problem.

Mysterious evolving injuries aren’t exactly normally reasons for optimism, but if there is some good news amid this entire situation, it’s that Ballard says the team is confident Luck will be OK, even if it’s not clear whether he’ll be able to take the field when Indianapolis begins its regular season on Sept. 8 against the Chargers.

It is unclear exactly why the team was unable to identify the source of Luck’s pain prior to this, but you can never address an issue until you know what it is, so perhaps this will lead to some type of progress.