The Indianapolis Colts have not been willing to put any timeline on when Andrew Luck could possibly return from his lingering calf injury, but the star quarterback appears to be getting closer.
Luck has not taken part in training camp with the Colts, but he has been attending practice over the past several days wearing a red non-contact jersey. That has led multiple team reporters to speculate that he could be nearing a return.
Andrew Luck is starting to attend every Colts practice, and now is wearing a red jersey. The optics would say he’s getting closer and closer to returning. (But optics have been wrong before.)
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) August 11, 2019
I actually do honestly think he’s getting there, but I’m exhausted like the rest of you.
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) August 11, 2019
Colts fans will tell you the situation with Luck’s calf feels eerily similar to the one with his shoulder two years ago. The team never really expressed concern about Luck’s rehab with the shoulder injury, and he ended up sitting out the entire 2018 season. The calf injury is almost certainly not that serious, but you can understand the comparisons.
For what it’s worth, rival teams apparently do not see Luck being ready for Week 1. He said he was still experiencing some pain as of last week, and the Colts are not going to rush him back. His increased presence at practice could be a good sign, however.