Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who early in camp suffered a setback with a calf strain he’s been battling since April, continues to rehab and is “getting some good work,” coach Frank Reich says.
But just when the franchise QB will return to the field remains unclear, Reich admitted (via the Indianapolis Star).
“I don’t know,” Reich said Thursday. “Haven’t even talked about it.”
The lingering unanswered questions: When will the Colts know and how long before they will become uneasy with the uncertainty?
The team already has announced that Luck will miss the preseason opener Aug. 8 at Buffalo, but Reich said at the time that the plan was to sit him anyway as the team continues to be cautious.
According to the Star, Luck was expected to discuss with the coaching staff how he’s feeling on Friday, an off day for the team.
Although Luck hasn’t been seen on the field this week, he has been rehabilitating out of sight.
“He’s getting some good work,” Reich said. “First of all, some good rehab, and then he’s inside throwing with (QB guru) Tom House, that’s been really good. He’s put some of that on tape, so we have a chance to look at that, and that’s been really positive.”
Another positive: Luck also has been taking all the snaps, typically more than 60, in hour-long walk-throughs, giving him valuable time with his teammates.
“It’s not as good as being out at practice, but in some ways it’s really good,” Reich told reporters (via ESPN.com). “We’re in the huddle, you should think you’re in the Super Bowl. Andrew is really good at putting himself in that moment. We want the body language, the tone of his voice in the huddle. It’s amazing. You can fool your nervous system thinking this is real.”
Luck has been coping with the calf injury for nearly three months now and missed the Colts’ OTAs and minicamp as a result. He said earlier this week that he has dealt with worse discomfort, yet he’s had no improvement “pain-wise” with the calf.
“I did a disservice to myself by saying I’d be ready (for camp),” Luck said, per CBS Sports. “It’s a calf strain. I say lower leg 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 have him healthy for another productive 16-game regular season after he missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury.