Andrew Luck continues to recover from the calf injury he sustained in the offseason.
The Colts’ Pro Bowl quarterback will miss the three practices leading up to the team’s preseason opener Thursday against the Bills.
“(We’ll) try to just ramp it up a little bit from (this) week,” head coach Frank Reich told reporters after Saturday’s practice. “But talking with him last night and this morning, I feel good about where we’re at.”
Reich had indicated Luck would likely sit out the first and fourth preseason games even before his injury, according to the Colts’ website.
It would not be surprising now if the team absolutely held him out for that game now especially considering his injury and lack of reps.
Luck is taking first-team reps in walkthroughs, but he has already missed the entire on-field portion of OTAs and veteran minicamp, so he has a ways to go before he is fully ready for the season.
“It’s one thing to kind of be recovered from the injury, it’s another thing to be back to full strength,” Reich said. “And I think our goal is to kind of get him back to full strength.”
Luck, 29, made his fourth Pro Bowl last season after throwing for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He was named the Pro Football Writers Association’s comeback player of the year after missing all of 2017 with an injury.