Andrew Luck did not practice again on Tuesday after he says the calf injury that kept him out of OTA’s “did not improve pain-wise,” per CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
“I did a disservice to myself by saying I’d be ready,” Luck said via La Canfora, adding he’d look like an “average quarterback” if he tried to practice now. “… It’s a calf strain. I say lower keg because I feel pain at my ankle.”
According to Joel Erickson, imaging shows that Luck’s Achilles is not at risk despite the ankle pain.
Luck says he “absolutely” believes he’ll be ready for the season opener against the Chargers on September 8 and that he’s played in games with worse pain before, per George Bremer.
Per Zak Keefer, Colts HC Frank Reich says Luck will be held out of at least the next two practices and then the team will reassess his status. Luck won’t play in the preseason opener on August 8 against the Bills, though that had already been decided before the injury.
The quarterback won the 2018 Comeback Player of the Year following his successful return from a lingering shoulder injury suffered initially in 2016.
Luck, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Colts back in 2012 out of Stanford. He finished the third year of his six-year, $139.125 million contract that included $87 million guaranteed. He is set to make base salaries of $9.125 million, $11 million, and $11 million over the final three years of his deal.
In 2018, Luck appeared in all 16 games for the Colts and threw for 4,593 yards, completed 67.3 percent of his passes, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions to go along with 46 rushing attempts, 148 yards (3.2 YPC) and no touchdowns. Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 3 overall quarterback out of 38 qualifying players.
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