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Andrew Luck is injured again, and the Colts can’t get on the same page


Colts quarterback Andrew Success has been doing numerous this all the way through coaching camp. (Michael Conroy/AP)

Quarterback Andrew Success has overlooked just about all the Indianapolis Colts’ coaching camp practices this summer time with what has been described as a calf damage suffered whilst understanding in April, after additionally sitting out the group’s arranged group actions in Might on account of the damage. Nobody concerned with the group appeared all that frightened, with Success announcing final month that he merely was once being truthful with the group and Trainer Frank Reich announcing that Success would had been ready to play had the common season been upon them.

Plus, the specter of Kevin Durant’s torn Achilles’ — suffered after a hasty return from a calf injury in the NBA Finals — was on everyone’s mind. There was no need to rush Luck back so early in training camp when his calf — or lower leg or ankle, two other areas he said were bothering him — wasn’t right yet.

Unless it wasn’t Luck’s calf, or his lower leg, or his ankle, or any type of muscle, but something else entirely?

“I know everyone’s having their questions about Andrew, and that sort of thing, but I really feel very confident that he’s going to find his way through this thing,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday on SiriusXM. “After the Durant factor and the whole thing, everybody’s erring at the aspect of warning, however fairly frankly, this isn’t even within the Achilles’ tendon. That is in any other house, it’s a bone — I’m now not excellent at these items — it’s a small little bone, and [former Colts player] Ryan Diem had it, and Raheem Brock had it, the running shoes instructed me. And he’s doing really well, very excited, he’s a married guy, child at the means, and he couldn’t be extra excited for the season.”

Later within the day, Colts Normal Supervisor Chris Ballard did little to transparent issues up and in truth will have clouded issues even additional by way of announcing Success was once experiencing ache within the “excessive anklish” house of his left leg.

“From the beginning we’ve been coping with a calf damage,” Ballard stated, in line with ESPN. “In March thru camp, coping with a calf after which little house beneath his calf, which Andrew more or less known as a decrease leg the place he was once coping with some ache, virtually within the ankle house. The damage wasn’t getting higher and [he] hadn’t been working towards, so for the duration of coping with the calf damage, it seems that that now we now have an ankle factor.”

However, the Colts in the end have gave the impression to pin down precisely what’s incorrect with their celebrity quarterback.

“We predict we discovered it,” Ballard stated. “Is there 100 p.c ensure? No, however we expect we now have [found it]. We’ll rehab it the best way we expect we want to rehab it.”

Ballard showed that Success might not be enjoying within the preseason however “was once now not able to mention” whether or not he’ll be able to stand the Chargers on Sept. eight.

If this example turns out acquainted, it’s since the Colts appear to be following the similar complicated playbook they used all the way through Success’s shoulder damage a couple of years in the past. Irsay at first stated overdue in 2016 that Success would not need surgery to fix the torn labrum in his shoulder, an damage that have been plaguing him for greater than a yr, however Success underwent the process in January 2017. Nonetheless, the group proprietor stated then that Success could be able for the 2017 season, a prediction he repeated that summer time. Then, because the group collected for coaching camp and Success endured to take a seat at the sideline, Irsay modified his prediction to early within the 2017 season.

That clearly didn’t occur: Success sat out all of the season whilst rehabbing his shoulder, a adventure that took him to Amsterdam to paintings with a teacher. He returned in 2018 and performed in all 16 video games, posting a career-high QBR, serving to lead the Colts to the playoffs for the primary time since 2014 or even profitable a postseason recreation. All appeared excellent, a minimum of till Success injured his calf, or his ankle, or some mysterious bone. And now nobody turns out to understand the rest once more.

Must Success now not be able for the beginning of the common season, Indianapolis turns out assured in its backup plan, which additionally was once the similar backup plan it had in 2017: Jacoby Brissett, who carried out neatly in a gorgeous tricky spot (17 general touchdowns, most effective seven interceptions, league-high 52 sacks taken). The Colts have held directly to Brissett since then in spite of a large number of industry provides from different groups, and now they’ve an leading edge offensive trainer in Reich and a hugely stepped forward offensive line that might give protection to him higher than in 2017.

“It permits me to sleep at evening,” Ballard stated of Brissett’s presence final week, in line with Yahoo’s Terez Paylor.

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