Colts general manager Chris Ballard doesn't expect Luck to come out of retirement, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports. "Look, Andrew's retired," Ballard said. "I haven't talked to him in a few weeks. I think he's busy being a father. But Andrew's retired. I think we all need to accept that."
Analysis: Ballard is ending the conversation before it can start, seemingly focused on other options to improve his team's quarterback situation. Luck stays in touch with some of his former coworkers, but he hasn't given any indication of planning a return to football.
Jan 2, 2020 8:13 AM EST
The Colts placed Luck (calf/ankle) on the reserve/retired list Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: This backs up Luck's comments on the record from Saturday evening, namely that he's "going to retire." While this hypothetical is unlikely for a variety of reasons, he would have to pass through waivers unclaimed to return to the Colts if he opted to return at some point this season. With the transaction official, the Colts will move on with Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback.
Aug 25, 2019 2:03 PM EST
Luck (calf/ankle) announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday. "I am going to retire. This is the hardest decision of my life," he said. "[I] felt "stuck" in [a] four-year cycle of injuries and recover. It's taken my joy of this game away."
Analysis: After suiting up for all 16 games in each of his first three pro seasons, Luck missed 26 contests over the ensuing three campaigns before playing a full slate yet again in 2018. However, with additional injury concerns plaguing him this offseason, training camp and preseason, he's made the decision to call it a career. The Colts will turn to Jacoby Brissett to run the offense moving forward.
Aug 24, 2019 7:33 PM EST
Luck (calf) is expected to retire from football during a Sunday press conference, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Luck has tended to some major injuries the past few season, the most recent calf and high ankle issues that were threatening his status for Week 1. If he indeed opts for retirement, it would be the biggest such announcement since Barry Sanders in 1998.
Aug 24, 2019 6:33 PM EST
Luck (calf/ankle) hasn't practiced since July 28, but he's been a regular participant in walk-through sessions and has been working with throwing specialist Tom House, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Luck has stayed busy during his absence from practice, with the recent work including an on-field workout prior to Saturday's preseason loss to the Browns. He's already been ruled out of practice through the end of this week, but the Colts remain optimistic about having him ready for Week 1 at Los Angeles. Given that he's still dealing with pain, Luck may not have his usual mobility if he does in fact make it back for the opener. For what it's worth, top wideout T.Y. Hilton said he isn't at all worried about the situation, and coach Frank Reich suggested Luck's mental preparation shouldn't be impacted by the absence from live practices. In the meantime, Jacoby Brissett will quarterback the first-team offense in Saturday's preseason matchup with the Bears.
Aug 22, 2019 6:05 AM EST
Luck (calf/ankle) will not practice this week, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
Analysis: Per the report, a "combination of full-speed movement and pain threshold" is what's keeping the QB from practicing at this stage. Luck's workout in advance of this past Saturday's preseason game against the Browns provided some promising optics, but the fact that he's not practicing this week doesn't exactly help his chances of being ready to start the Colts' regular-season opener. As long as Luck is sidelined, Jacoby Brissett will handle the team's first-team QB reps.
Aug 20, 2019 9:28 AM EST
Luck (calf/ankle) displayed decent mobility during a workout before Saturday's preseason game against the Browns, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
Analysis: Among the drills, Luck moved side-to-side, stepped over bags, and set his feet before making throws, per Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis. While the optics of the activity are obvious, the Colts likely wouldn't have allowed Luck to work out in such a fashion if his left calf and ankle couldn't handle it. His next step will be to take the practice field in some capacity before next Saturday's exhibition versus the Bears. After that game, coach Frank Reich is expected to make a decision on the Week 1 starting quarterback between Luck and backup Jacoby Brissett.
Aug 17, 2019 1:36 PM EST
The Colts have "guarded optimism" regarding Luck's (calf/ankle) ability to be ready for Week 1 against the Chargers in Los Angeles, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Luck will have to make quick progress with his injury, which initially was termed a strained calf but also involves a high-ankle issue. The reason? Coach Frank Reich wants to make a decision on his starting quarterback for the regular-season opener after the Colts' third preseason game on Aug. 24. Upcoming practices may go a long way to determining whether Luck is on pace for game action on Sept. 8, but the veteran signal-caller hasn't practiced in weeks. If Luck is deemed unable to play Week 1, Reich will turn to Jacoby Brissett under center.
Aug 15, 2019 5:20 PM EST
Coach Frank Reich would like to make a decision on the Week 1 starting quarterback between Luck (calf/ankle) and Jacoby Brissett after the Colts' third preseason game on Aug. 24 against the Bears, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Because GM Chris Ballard is of the belief that Luck won't make an appearance during exhibition season, the veteran signal-caller likely will have to return to practice and make significant progress to gain the Colts' confidence. Previously diagnosed with a strained left calf, Luck also is tending to a high-ankle issue, a combination that has allowed for just three training camp practices to date. While Luck focuses on rehabilitation, the Colts will continue to give Brissett first-team reps in preparation for potential life without the former to kick off the campaign.
Aug 14, 2019 4:29 PM EST
Colts GM Chris Ballard doesn't expect Luck (calf/ankle) to play in the preseason, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Per the report, injury rehab will be the focus for Luck and the QB "will need to get in a certain amount of practice time in order to be ready for the start of the regular season." Meanwhile, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletinrelays that the Colts "believe once they get (Luck's) ankle pain under control, things will progress quickly." In any case, there's no concrete timetable for the signal-caller's return to practice and it can't be considered a lock that he'll be ready in time for Week 1 action. While Luck's situation plays out, Jacoby Brissett will continue to handle the Colts' first-team QB reps.
Aug 13, 2019 5:42 PM EST
GM Chris Ballard relayed Tuesday that Luck -- who was known to be battling a calf strain, is now a dealing with high-ankle issue as well, ESPN's Mike Wells reports.
Analysis: Ballard also noted that Luck will "most likely" not play in the preseason. In regard to the QB's Week 1 status, Indy's GM added "we're three and a half weeks away from regular season, so I'm not ready to say (Luck's regular season is in jeopardy)." In Luck's continued absence, Jacoby Brissett will handle the Colts' first-team QB reps.
Aug 13, 2019 5:20 PM EST
Colts owner Jim Irsay said Luck's injury involves a "small little bone" issue, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: The injury has been reported as a calf strain dating back to May when Luck was held out of spring practices. The new information explains why he still feels pain three months later and has participated in just three practices at training camp. Irsay did say he's "very confident" about Luck overcoming the issue, which could be interpreted as optimism about the quarterback's recovery, or rather as optimism about his ability to play through the injury once the regular season begins. Luck was held out of the preseason opener and doesn't seem to have any chance at playing in Saturday's exhibition against the Browns.
Aug 13, 2019 6:17 AM EST
Luck (calf) won't participate in joint practices with the Browns this week, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: Luck was held out of Thursday's preseason opener and didn't practice over the weekend. He isn't expected to need surgery or believed to be at risk of suffering a more serious injury, but it's nonetheless concerning that his calf strain from the spring still hasn't healed. The Colts surely will hold Luck out for their second game of the preseason Saturday against Cleveland.
Aug 12, 2019 7:50 AM EST
Luck (calf) attended practice Sunday on the sidelines wearing a red jersey, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Luck didn't travel with the Colts to their preseason game Thursday and hadn't been seen at most of the nine practices he's missed due to a setback to his calf injury. It's not clear when he may return. While this may be a sign of progress, he'll need to step on the practice field before we can be more confident he'll be ready for the regular season. Luck and the team have said they're confident he'll be ready for Week 1, but Luck also said he is dealing with some pain in his calf after missing all of spring workouts due to the issue.
Aug 11, 2019 8:22 AM EST
Luck (calf) will not participate in the next three practices, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: Coach Frank Reich said that Luck is still dealing with some pain, so it looks like the Colts are going to continue to be cautious with their starting quarterback. Luck has insisted that he will be ready for the start of the regular season, but he will continue to be monitored on a week-to-week basis. Expect another update to come at some point in the middle of next week.
Aug 9, 2019 11:29 AM EST
Luck said he has no doubt he'll be ready for the start of the regular season, but he still is a little concerned about his calf injury, according to Peter King of NBC Sports. "At times I do worry about it. It can be frustrating," Luck said.
Analysis: Luck isn't practicing this week after a setback to a calf strain that also kept him off the field in offseason workouts. While three MRIs showed nothing more than a strain, Luck has slightly left the door open that the calf problem could linger. Luck and the team say they are confident that he'll be ready for Week 1, but fantasy owners should closely watch his status given that a 2015 torn shoulder labrum ultimately kept Luck out of the entire 2017 season campaign despite routine updates suggesting the contrary.
Aug 5, 2019 3:30 PM EST
Luck (calf) will not practice next week according to head coach Frank Reich, Zak Keefer of The Athleticreports.
Analysis: Luck has been spotted throwing and running during walkthroughs at practice, so it's not as if the star quarterback has been completely limited during training camp. Still, the status of Luck's calf is worth monitoring considering the injury has lingered since the start of June's OTAs and will keep him out of the team's preseason opener against the Bills. The 29-year-old "absolutely" expects to be ready to go Week 1, but fantasy owners should view the situation with at least some skepticism considering a 2015 torn shoulder labrum ultimately kept Luck out of the entire 2017 season campaign despite routine updates suggesting the contrary.
Aug 3, 2019 1:14 PM EST
Luck (calf) "absolutely" expects to be available for Week 1 action, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The QB, who is currently dealing with a calf strain, noted Tuesday that he's undergone X-Rays, while adding that his "Achilles is not at extra risk, there is no tear or swelling indicated." Additionally, it has been determined that Luck won't require any sort of surgery to address the issue. Per George Bremer of the Anderson Herald Bulletin, the time off that Luck (who has felt pain in both his ankle and calf) plans to take this week is "about resolving the issue moving forward and not dealing with it into the regular season." In Luck's absence, Jacoby Brissett is in line to see added work with the Colts' first-team offense.
Jul 30, 2019 9:27 AM EST
Luck (calf) won't practice the next two days, nor will he play in the preseason opener against Buffalo on Aug. 8, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Analysis: A calf strain kept Luck off the field throughout the offseason program and now is limiting his participation in training camp. Coach Frank Reich admits the quarterback is still dealing with pain, but Reich also said Luck likely would be able to play if the Colts had a regular-season game this upcoming weekend, per Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis. Reich said it's too early to know if Luck will play in the second or third week of the preseason, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.
Jul 30, 2019 8:00 AM EST
Luck participated in 7-on-7 drills at Friday's practice, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports. "He looked sharp," coach Frank Reich said. "His drops looked good, everything on schedule."
Analysis: A strained calf kept Luck sidelined during OTAs and mandatory minicamp, and his lack of throws (at least to teammates) extended into the time between the offseason program and training camp. With two sessions now behind him, he's generated a positive spin from Reich, who likely approved of his 9-for-9 showing Friday. Expect Luck to continue ramping up his workload as he prepares for perhaps one exhibition outing in advance of the regular season.
Jul 26, 2019 2:51 PM EST
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