The Indianapolis Colts have reported that Andrew Luck‘s calf strain injury is now a high ankle issue. General Manager Chris Ballard isn’t sure on Luck’s status for the Week 1 matchup against the Chargers, but it’s safe to say that he won’t play any in the preseason. That’s an obvious move since the Colts need Luck healthy if they’re going to make a consecutive trip to the playoffs.
If Luck isn’t ready to start the season, Indianapolis will most likely turn to Jacoby Brissett again. In 2017, the Colts turned to Brissett after Luck missed the season due to shoulder surgery. If you look at his numbers, he wasn’t bad. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. But overall, Indianapolis struggled and finished the season 4-12. But this is a different team this time around. Head coach Frank Reich was still with the Eagles winning a Super Bowl. Now, Brissett would have the guidance and knowledge from the offensive guru to make more impactive plays. Plus his role would be limited to just a bridge for a
game or two instead of being relied on for the entire season. The Colts picked up Devin Funchess to add a one-two punch among receivers. Jack Doyle is a good receiving tight end and he was Brissett’s favorite target in 2017.
High ankle sprains are tricky. Recovery time can take as little as six weeks, but as long as eighteen weeks to be fully recovered. In Luck’s case, that timeframe is still uncertain. There are a lot of variables that will play in how long he’s out for if he’s even out at all. If he responds well to treatment, he could play against San Diego or at worst, miss one game. While Brissett is a capable backup, he’s still no Andrew Luck. So we’ll just have to endure the dreadful “wait and see” approach to determine what happens at the start of the NFL regular season.