On paper, the Indianapolis Colts are projected to be one of the top teams in the AFC this season, but the team’s star quarterback Andrew Luck has not practiced yet this summer.
Luck is dealing with a strained calf, which he aggravated this offseason. He’s been held out of training camp thus far, and a return doesn’t seem imminent.
Earlier this morning, Colts insider Stephen Holder reported that it didn’t seem likely Luck would return to practice this week.
Not sounding promising on Andrew Luck returning to practice this week. That leaves us with next Monday being the next possible target date. If he’s not back then, I think it’s time to turn up the heat. That puts him three weeks shy of the opener.
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 12, 2019
A short time ago, the Colts confirmed Holder’s information. The team said Luck is “not expected” to participate in joint practices against the Cleveland Browns later this week, in anticipation of their preseason game on Saturday.
“(He’s) just doing everything possible — walkthroughs continue to be really good, really tuned in, and then physically just doing everything he can do to get back on the field,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said.
After missing the entire 2017 season after shoulder surgery, Luck bounced back with a monster 2018 campaign, throwing for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns against 15 interceptions.
As of now, Luck is still projected to start Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers. However, the longer he’s out, the more red flags go up in Indianapolis.