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Colts Treading Lightly When It Comes to Andrew Luck’s Latest Injury

The Colts have got to be feeling uneasy today about the start of the 2019 campaign, as not only are they set to face a very good team in the Los Angeles Chargers, but also may be doing it minus the services of starting quarterback Andrew Luck.

Right now the Colts are already underdogs for the battle with the Chargers, and minus Luck you can bet folks will be using a Fanduel PA promotional code to play the Bolts all day long.

There was a strong feeling at first that Lucks’ calf strain suffered way back in March was going to be just fine for the start of the year, but now he’s dealing with a strain that reports say is more in the high ankle area of his left leg.

On Tuesday the General Manager of the Colts, Chris Ballard, was careful not to say too much on the matter, leaving many to speculate on if Luck will be ready to go or not.

“We’re 3½ weeks away from the regular season, I’m not ready to say,” Ballard said on whether Luck will play against the Chargers in the first week of the season.

“From the start we’ve been dealing with a calf injury. In March through camp, dealing with a calf and then little area below his calf, which Andrew kind of referred to as a lower leg where he was dealing with some pain, almost in the ankle area.

“The injury wasn’t getting better and hadn’t been practicing, so in the course of dealing with the calf injury, it appears that now we have an ankle issue.”

As of right now Luck is going to sit out the preseason, giving not only time for his backups to pick up the slack, but more so for his body to feel better.

The reports indicate that there’s no chatter about a surgery for Luck, and that he will just have to keep working at it to get better in order to be able to play.

“There’s enough pain where he’s not practicing,” Ballard said of the quarterback.

“That’s what we have to get under control. Once we get that under control, I think we can really move forward. There’s no question he had a calf [injury]. But the lower part is more of an ankle issue. We get that under control, we can help with the pain.”

For now Colts fans will keep holding their breath, even if Ballard thinks Luck can play at less than 100 percent this upcoming season.

“If he can function, yes,” Ballard said. “If his pain is under control and he can protect himself and play good, yes.”

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Colts Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC South.

The longtime company picks the Colts with Andrew Luck to win the division with a mark of 11-5, and coming in second will be the Texans with a record of 8-8.

The Titans are going to be third place at 5-11, while the Jagaurs, who were just in the AFC Title Game in January of 2018, will be last at 4-12.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Colts QB Andrew Luck Says He’ll Be Ready to Roll for Week One Despite Calf Issue

Andrew Luck continues to sit out practices due to a nagging calf injury but thinks he will be ready for the regular season, Kevin Patra of reports.

The issue has been lingering for three months and doesn’t have a timetable that might suggest when he will be healthy enough to return to practice. Despite the amorphous timeline, the signal-caller isn’t fretting. Luck told Peter King for his Football Morning in America column on Sunday he’s not concerned about being ready for Week 1.

“No,” Luck told King when asked if he was worried about not being ready for the season opener. “I certainly believe I will [be ready]. That’s certainly the goal.”

“At times I do worry about it,” Luck told King. “It can be frustrating. The arc of an injury, whether it’s a big surgical one or something you’re rehabbing through. But no, because I’ve improved. Maybe I’m not improving as fast as I want and missing things is no fun. It eats at you. But I do know at the end of the day if I’m getting the most out of myself, if I’m being the best I can that day, then that’s what I need to do.”

Luck will continue to miss practices, and coach Frank Reich said the team didn’t know when the starting quarterback might be cleared.

While the uncertainty of the situation hangs over the Colts, Reich said he’s not dwelling on Luck’s injury because there’s little utility in agonizing over something he can’t control.

“As a former player and as a coach, it’s just always my instinct to trust the player,” Reich said. “I really don’t lay awake at night thinking about it. When our players have injuries, I’m not the guy who’s asking every five minutes how they’re doing. That’s just the way I am. Part of that is because I think my 14 years of experience as a player … I know he wants to be there as bad as anybody. Me asking him every five minutes how he’s doing doesn’t help anything.”

Andrew Luck’s Date to Return From a Calf Injury Still Up in the Air

A timetable for Andrew Luck’s return to the practice field remains up in the air, Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Luck, who suffered a setback with the calf strain he’s been battling since April in the first four days of training camp, missed all three morning practices this week, as expected.

The franchise quarterback will talk about how he’s feeling with the coaching staff on Friday, an off day for the Colts. Until then, no plans have been set for Luck’s weekend.

“I don’t know,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said. “Haven’t even talked about it.”

Luck hasn’t been spotted at practice, but he has been rehabilitating the injury out of sight.

“He’s getting some good work,” Reich said. “First of all, some good rehab, and then he’s inside throwing with Tom House, that’s been really good. He’s put some of that on tape, so we have a chance to look at that, and that’s been really positive.”

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The 2018 season was the Indianapolis Colts’ 66th in the National Football League and their 35th in Indianapolis. It was also their first season under head coach Frank Reich and second under the leadership of general manager Chris Ballard.

Colts LT Anthony Castonzo an “Obvious” Candidate for Extension

Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo is an “obvious” candidate for an extension as he enters the final season of his current contract according to Keven Bowen of 107.5 The Fan.

The Colts have a number of contracts coming off the books — Jacoby Brissett, Jack Doyle, Eric Ebron and Jabaal Sheard will enter free agency after 2019—but keeping Castonzo should be a top priority.

Originally the No.22-overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Boston College, Castonzo has manned the blind side in Indy for the past nine seasons.

The 30-year-old left tackle seems keen on staying in Indy, noting an extension would be “great.” “Obviously, any time you can be under contract and feeling good about it, that’s always good,” said Castonzo.

Castonzo is due to earn $6.25 million in base salary in 2019.

Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Colts Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Colts player on the list was QB Andrew Luck with a mark of 92.

Wide out T.Y. Hilton comes in next with a ranking of 91. Right End Justin Houston sits at a rank of 87.

Check out all the Colts Rankings by clicking HERE.

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Three Questions About the Colts as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Colts went 10-6 and made it to the AFC Divisional round, there’s a level of excitement about the team as 2019 approaches.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a season playing into early February.

1. Third Down Success

One of the biggest reasons the Colts were so good last season was their success on third downs, the best in the NFL at 48.6 percent.

This team seemed to have a knack for making plays, and with Andrew Luck coming off an excellent comeback season in 2018, he should only play better in 2019, making plays downfield when needed.

The team put an emphasis on converting third downs, and it paid off in 2018.

2. Beat Up the Division

Last season the Colts lost their first divisional game in overtime to the Texans, but were able to rebound the rest of the season, going 4-1 against the AFC South.

The Texans, Jags and Titans make for a competitive division, and the Texans were able to do enough to win the division before the Colts beat them in the playoffs.

This season after a tough opener against a 12-win Chargers team on the road, the Colts will travel to Tennessee to play the Titans in week two – a chance to get off to a quick start with a road win inside the division.

3. A Breakout Season for the Mack Truck

Marlon Mack at 22 years old is set to have a huge season coming off a year in which he rushed for 908 yards in 12 games.

Mack made the jump from 358 yards in his rookie year to about 100 away from 1,000 last year, and this year should break that 1000 yards mark easily.

Look for OC Nick Sirianni to make Mack one of the focal points of the Colts offense along with wide out T.Y. Hilton.