Colts’ GM on QB Luck injury: ‘We have an ankle issue’

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Colts owner Jim Irsay on Monday night made headlines with his comments on Andrew Luck’s calf injury, but the general manager on Tuesday night said another specialist found the problem is with the quarterback’s ankle.

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Posted by Olivia Ray on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Irsay said in a satellite radio interview said Luck’s calf injury is not the only ailment is causing the pain in No. 12’s lower left leg. Here’s what Irsay said on SiriusXM NFL Radio’s “Indianapolis Colts Training Camp Show” hosted by Bill Polian and Jeff Rickard:

“I know everyone’s having their questions about Andrew and that sort of thing, but I really feel very confident that he’s going to find his way through this thing. After the Kevin (Durant) thing and everything, everyone’s erring on the side of caution, but, quite frankly, this is not even in the Achilles tendon. This is in another area; it’s a bone — I’m not good at these things — it’s a small little bone, and (former Colts player) Ryan Diem had it, and Raheem Brock had it, the trainers told me. And he’s doing very well, very excited. He’s a married man, baby on the way, and he couldn’t be more excited for the season.”

On Tuesday night, General Manager Chris Ballard spoke to the media. He said, “I want to clear a bunch of things up. … He’s been dealing with a calf injury and little area below the calf. … It appears now we have an ankle issue.”

Ballard said, since Irsay’s comments Monday night, the diagnosis shifted. A specialist said the injury appears to be centered around the front of Luck’s ankle.

The general manager said he believes this ankle injury has occurred over time. “It’s a cumulative thing. … Andrew’s had some ankle issues for a while.”

“This is not 2017,” when Luck had another injury, Ballard said. He added that he understands how important Luck is but is not ready to count him out for the regular season. Ballard also said Luck will likely not see the field remainder of the preseason.

The Colts regular season is set to begin Sept. 8 at the Los Angeles Chargers.

“We won’t put any player out there that can’t preform at a high level. … If we feel comfortable that he can play, he’ll play.”

Ballard added that he believes the team has a handle on where Luck’s lingering pain is coming from. If Luck feels comfortable playing at 85-90%, Ballard said, the quarterback will play. “If he is comfortable, then yes.”

The Indianapolis Colts enjoyed a day off from training camp Tuesday.

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