Injuries in Indianapolis are starting to pile up.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will miss his third week of OTAs due to a strained calf but is set to be re-evaluated ahead of next week’s three-day veteran minicamp, coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday.
“Same thing with Andrew this week — same as last week,” Reich told reporters, via the team’s official website. “We’re just going to wait another week and re-evaluate.”
Luck initially suffered the injury during the conditioning portion of the offseason workout program and has been held out of on-field work since. Despite dealing with a nagging shoulder injury that kept him sidelined all of 2017, he showed a vast improvement as he started all 16 games last season.
Luck completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2018, and the Colts are looking to keep him healthy for another productive season.
While Reich couldn’t guarantee that Luck will be cleared to return soon, he was optimistic about his availability for camp and beyond.
“He could be out there. But you’ve gotta take these things serious,” Reich added. “I’m hoping he’s going to be out there next week. … If this plays out that we don’t take a snap (during the offseason program), it’s OK. It’s not a big-news story as far as what we’re doing as a team and what we’re doing offensively.”
Reich also announced rookie center Javon Patterson tore his ACL during practice and will miss the entire season.
The 21-year-old was selected out of Mississippi in the seventh round of April’s draft and signed his rookie contract May 3. He started all 36 games in his final three seasons with the Rebels.