After finally seeing Andrew Luck go through a full season without any health concerns in 2018, the injury bug struck again for the former No. 1 overall pick. It’s reached the point where his status for Week 1 of the regular season is suddenly in doubt.
Luck dealt with a calf injury back in the spring, but the Colts made it sound like it wasn’t anything to worry about.
With the regular season less than a month away, the mood has changed in Indianapolis. Now, the coaching staff is starting to shift their tone when it comes to announcing the Week 1 starter.
According to NFL insider Mike Garafolo, it’s very possible that Jacoby Brissett starts the season opener for the Colts because of Luck’s latest injury.
“Even the Colts doctors seem like they’ve had a tough time getting a grasp on the situation from way back in the spring,” Garafolo said on NFL Total Access. “There was a lot of optimism that he’d be back, he’d be ready for Week 1. We’re not hearing that kind of stuff right now, and I believe that is the headline out all of this.”
Here is the segment featuring Garafolo’s update on Luck from the NFL Network:
From @NFLTotalAccess: #Colts coach Frank Reich wants to make a call on Andrew Luck’s availability for Week 1 after next week’s game. With Luck struggling to improve, could be Jacoby Brissett against the #Chargers on Sept. 8. pic.twitter.com/h4cj5YXwoT
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 14, 2019
Frank Reich would like to announce which quarterback will start after next week’s preseason game.
Garafolo added that it’d take a miraculous recovery from Luck to start the first game of the regular season. He’s still dealing with pain in his calf and ankle.
We’ll continue providing updates on Luck’s health as the NFL season approaches very soon.