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August 20, 2019

Still no Luck - yet to be cleared to practice

    Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that quarterback Andrew Luck will not practice this week as the team prepares for its third preseason game.

Reich stated the issue remains a matter of "full speed movement versus pain threshold."

Luck hasn't participated in any full practices since the beginning of training camp. He's dealt with a lingering calf issue for several months, and the Colts revealed during camp that he's also experiencing pain in his ankle.

Indianapolis opens its season Sept. 8 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Jacoby Brissett will start the game under center if Luck isn't cleared to play.

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August 13, 2019

Colts owner says Luck has bone injury

     Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay now says that Andrew Luck's absence from training camp is due to a bone injury in his lower left leg.

"I think after the (Kevin Durant injury) everyone's erring on the side of caution, but quite frankly this is not even in the Achilles tendon. It's in another area. It's a bone," Irsay told SiriusXM NFL Radio, according to ESPN. "You know I'm not good at these things. ... It's a small little bone."

Irsay, coming across as a complete babbling idiot, didn't specify which bone is ailing.

Luck has been hampered during training camp due to pain in his calf.

The 29-year-old quarterback isn't expected to participate in joint practices with the Cleveland Browns this week, head coach Frank Reich said, according to Andrew Walker of Luck sat during the Colts' preseason opener and it's becoming increasingly likely he'll miss Saturday's game against the Browns.

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo adds "unless Luck makes some miraculous recovery, we could be looking at Jacoby Brissett in Week 1." Apparently the injury is not just a calf issue or an ankle issue; it is an "accumulation over time." This seems to be the first real timetable on the Colts' decision for the start of the season, so the week of the team's third preseason game will be crucial. If Luck does not start practicing at some point next week, signs point to him missing the opener against the Chargers.

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August 9, 2019

Colts, calf keep Luck sidelined

     Coach Frank Reich said Friday he expects the starting quarterback to miss at least three more practices with a strained left calf, likely keeping him off the field until Wednesday, when the Cleveland Browns come to town for a joint practice.

''He is continuing to progress with his strength, which is awesome,'' Reich said on a conference call. ''But there still is a degree of pain that he is not comfortable with. Obviously, we are not comfortable with putting him out there.''

The injury kept Luck out of the Colts' offseason workouts and he was sidelined again after practicing three times over the first four days of training camp, though he never took a snap in full team drills.

Backup Jacoby Brissett has worked with the starting offense. Brissett played most of the first quarter in Thursday's 24-16 loss at Buffalo before turning things over to Phillip Walker and Chad Kelly, the nephew of former Bills star Jim Kelly.

Reich declined to say whether Luck's injury might prompt the Colts to activate three quarterbacks for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.

''We remain confident and optimistic on Andrew's situation,'' Reich said. ''But again, it's still day-to-day and working through that plan, what is the best plan for him, for the team. So we will just adjust as needed, if needed.''

Luck led the Colts to the playoffs for the first time in four years last season and won the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award after returning from shoulder surgery that caused him to miss the 2017 season.

Luck isn't the only star player dealing with an injury.

The Colts also acknowledged Friday that Vinatieri was held out of Thursday's game because of a knee injury. The 46-year-old, four-time Super Bowl champion broke the league's career scoring record last season and would become the third player in league history to suit up for a game at age 47 - if he plays in Indy's regular season finale at Jacksonville.

Reich doesn't anticipate being without Vinatieri for long.

''He is dealing with a little bit of a knee issue but not anything that's going to be a problem,'' Reich said.

Reich said no decision has been made yet about whether receiver Parris Campbell or defensive end/linebacker Ben Banogu, two draft picks who have sat out with hamstring injuries, will return to practice Saturday.



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