WESTFIELD, Ind. — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will sit out the next three training camp practices as he continues to deal with a nagging calf injury, head coach Frank Reich told reporters today.
Reich said he met with Luck earlier in the day, and while the quarterback is “continuing to progress with his strength” in his calf, there’s “still a degree of pain,” so he’ll sit out the next three practices as a precaution and then the team will re-evaluate his status.
“We’ll continue to work with our medical staff on a plan moving forward,” Reich said.
The second-year head coach said he remains “confident and optimistic on Andrew’s situation.”
“It’s still day-to-day,” he added. “We’ll do what’s best for him and the team.”
Luck aggravated the calf injury during the offseason and missed the entire on-field portion of OTAs and veteran minicamp. After taking part in two of the team’s first three camp practices as a limited participant and still feeling some pain and discomfort in his calf, however, Luck and the Colts decided to keep the quarterback off the practice field for the time being.
The eighth-year Stanford product has been using training camp walkthrough sessions as his “practice,” taking all the first-team reps, while also working in throwing sessions to the side.
Kicker Adam Vinatieri, who has missed the last two training camp practices and did not participate in Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills, has been dealing with “a little bit of a knee issue,” Reich said Friday.
Reich did not believe the injury was “anything that was going to be a problem,” however.
Vinatieri, 46, is entering his 24th NFL season — and his 13th with the Colts — in 2019.
Undrafted rookie Cole Hedlund took over kicking duties in Vinatieri’s place Thursday against the Bills, nailing all three of his field goal attempts, as well as his only extra-point try.
Latest on Campbell, Banogu
Reich is also waiting to hear more on the status of two top rookies.
Wide receiver Parris Campbell and linebacker Ben Banogu — both second-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft — have missed time of late with hamstring injuries.
“(They’re) still being evaluated at this time,” Reich said Friday. “We have a meeting with the medical staff here … a little bit later today to make those determinations.”
Campbell has missed the last seven days of camp practices, while Banogu has sat out the last six practices.