The Colts kicked off their second week of training camp Tuesday without their franchise quarterback.
Speaking to the media following the team’s workout, Colts coach Frank Reich said Andrew Luck still is experiencing pain in his calf and likely will sit the next two practices before being evaluated again Friday.
Reich added Luck was “not ready to take the next step” and won’t play in the Colts’ preseason opener against the Bills, but reiterated the plan was to sit him anyway as the team continues to be cautious with his health. He noted Luck’s availability would be more optimistic if the team had a regular-season game Sunday.
Frank Reich says Andrew Luck (calf) will not participate in the next 2 practices.
Luck was “not ready to take the next step”, per Reich.
Luck’s calf injury has now been 3 months long.
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Luck has been coping with the injury for nearly three months now and missed the Colts’ OTAs and minicamp as a result, but admitted Tuesday he’s dealt with worse discomfort, though he’s had no improvement “pain-wise” with his calf.
“I did a disservice to myself by saying I’d be ready,” Luck said, per CBS Sports. “Its a calf strain. I say lower keg because I feel pain at my ankle.”
Luck, 29, completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2018, and the Colts hope to keep him healthy for another productive season after he missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury.