INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts will gladly play it safe when it comes to Andrew Luck.
They'd rather he be healthy for training camp anyway.
Just minutes after coach Frank Reich announced Tuesday that his starting quarterback would sit out this week's three-day minicamp because of a calf injury, Luck promised he would return to practice when the Colts report to camp in late July.
“It's OK, it's not good enough to practice this week, which I'm bummed about,” Luck said, describing the injury. “But I think we're on a very, very good page and I'll be ready for training camp.”
The injury, suffered during training, has forced Luck to miss the Colts' entire on-the-field program for the second offseason in three years.
But this was different.
After missing the entire 2017 season to recover from surgery on his throwing shoulder, he started throwing again last June during the team's mandatory minicamp. His appearance raised even more questions when it appeared he was throwing footballs smaller than the NFL's regulation size.
Team officials continued to be cautious with Luck at training camp when they closely monitored the number of throws he made and gave him extra days off. The prolonged recovery time prompted some skeptics to question whether Luck could ever return to his Pro Bowl form.
– Associated Press