Andrew Luck won’t be participating in organized team activities this week due to a calf strain.
According to Colts coach Frank Reich, he wants Luck to rest and be as healthy as possible before the start of the season.
“During the training session, just a little tweak, a little strain,” Reich told reporters Tuesday. “So my whole mode — and our whole mode — is going to be during this session just to be real conservative with anybody who has any issue whatsoever.
“Where we’re at right now … we’ll just say, ‘Hey, play conservative this week. Nothing this week, and then we’ll re-evaluate it after this week and see where he is.’”
While most NFL players who have a small calf strain wouldn’t get much attention, Luck’s injury history isn’t on his side. The Colts infamously said after he underwent shoulder surgery in 2017 he would be good to go by the start of the season, but Luck ended up being sidelined the entire year.
However, Reich indicated Luck will be back soon and said he could be good to go to participate in OTAs next week after his calf is re-evaluated.
“The main thing is to get to camp at full strength,” Reich said. “And, so, really any player that has any issue, we’re gonna just be overcautious.”
With Luck sidelined, backup quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett, Phillip Walker and newly signed Chad Kelly all participated on Tuesday.
According to Reich, the team’s plan is to keep all four quarterbacks on the roster this season.
“(Colts general manager) Chris (Ballard) and I, as we have talked about it, I mean, I just think it’s important to go in with four (quarterbacks), for a lot of reasons,” Reich said.