INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that quarterback Andrew Luck, who has missed the on-field portion of OTAs with a calf strain, will be re-evaluated heading into next week's veteran minicamp.
Luck initially suffered the calf injury during the conditioning portion of the offseason workout program, and has been held out of on-field work during Phase 3, or OTAs, as a precaution.
"Same thing with Andrew this week — same as last week," Reich told reporters on Tuesday. "We’re just going to wait another week and re-evaluate."
The Colts begin their four-day mandatory minicamp on Monday, and have practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to officially wrap up the offseason workout program. The team will then have about five or six weeks off before reporting to Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind., for the start of training camp.
Reich said Luck is getting antsy to get out on the field with his teammates — "it's killin' him" being out, Reich said — but, in talking with his quarterback, the two have come to the conclusion that if Luck happens to miss the entire on-field portion of the offseason workout program — like Luck did last offseason, as he continued to work his way back from shoulder surgery — then it wouldn't be a huge deal.
"He could be out there. But you’ve gotta take these things serious," Reich said. "I’m hoping he’s going to be out there next week. ... If this plays out that we don’t take a snap (during the offseason program), it’s OK. It’s not a big-news story as far as what we’re doing as a team and what we’re doing offensively."
Luck is coming off perhaps the best-overall season of his career. He started all 16 games and completed 430-of-639 passes (67.3 percent) for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for a 98.7 passer rating. He set single-season career highs in completions, attempts, completion percentage and passer rating.
Luck’s passing yards and passing touchdowns were the second-best marks of his career. He ranked in the top-five in the NFL in passing touchdowns (second), attempts (second), completions (second) and yards (fifth).
Named to his fourth-career Pro Bowl, Luck was also voted as the 2018 Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year after having battled his way back from a shoulder surgery that kept him off the field for the entire 2017 season.