Andrew Luck Talks Calf Strain That Has Him Sidelined For Third Straight Spring
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Even Luck himself thought he would be on the practice field for his first spring work since 2016.
While this might sound like a broken record of past offseasons, the severity and significance of this injury for Luck is nowhere near the importance of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.
But a nagging calf injury has Luck sitting out the entire team portion of the spring---13 practices in total over 4 weeks---for a third straight year.
“It’s okay,” Luck said of his calf on Tuesday. “(But) it’s not good enough to practice this week, which I’m bummed about. I’m bummed that I’ve had to miss all the OTAs and again this week.
“But I’ve dealt with injuries in the past and I think we are on a very good page and I’ll be ready for Training Camp and the early report date.”
Frank Reich described Luck’s calf strain as this on Tuesday:
“When it comes to a calf strain injury, I would say it’s on the longer side (of severity),” the head coach said. “I wouldn’t say it’s out of the range of a calf strain, but it is definitely on the longer side.”
Luck initially aggravated the calf in training earlier this spring.
What Luck experienced previously in pressing to get back from his shoulder injury has contributed to how cautious the Colts have been this summer.
“I certainly don’t feel as young as I once did and I’m certainly also being conservative with things,” Luck said on Tuesday. “It’s one of the things I learned going through my shoulder.
“I certainly didn’t expect (to miss the entire spring). There’s a lot less anxiety I guess in my life about it than I had in the past about certain things. But I think trusting myself, trusting the process, trusting how things go, and working hard and still pushing yourself and expecting good progress every day is a big part of that.”
The 29-year-old Luck acknowledged the missed opportunity to work with a guy like Devin Funchess this spring, but that hasn’t stopped the quarterback from doing some throwing on his own.
“I’ve thrown significantly, sort of off my feet, to make sure I don’t aggravate something, to keep my arm in shape,” Luck shared.
With a six-week break for the Colts starting Thursday afternoon, Luck’s summer work will take place in Indy and also in California.
Luck left the door open on Tuesday to him possibly getting together with his pass catchers this summer.
“The top priority is health and making sure that I’m good for Training Camp and anything beyond that is a bonus,” No. 12 began.
“If the opportunity presents itself, I’ll obviously try to throw with whoever is available but you also can’t etch that in stone.”
When the Colts 90-man roster arrives to Training Camp in Grand Park, Luck will have already been present, with his fellow quarterbacks reporting a few days earlier.
Reich said on Tuesday that Luck’s camp throwing workload will actually be a little more extensive than last year, when the QB stuck to a 3 days on, 1 day off, throwing schedule.
“Probably be a little bit more than that,” Reich said of Luck. “There’s still going to be a day or two off here or there. We’ll be selective about that. In fact, we are meeting before we part ways here (this week) just to talk a little bit about what that plan for Training Camp will be. We will map that out.
“It will be very disciplined and methodical with the reasons why we give him the days off we give him.”
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— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) June 11, 2019