No practice for Andrew Luck, but expects to start vs. Chargers


Photo from practice on September 21, 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Andrew Luck attempted to offer a calming voice while addressing an anxiety-inducing situation.

No, there’s no reason for alarm even though the Indianapolis Colts’ most indispensable player – No. 12, quarterback Andrew Luck – did not practice Wednesday because of a sore right shoulder.

“I don’t think so, but I don’t raise the alarms,’’ Luck said. “That’s you guys.

“I would not be concerned.’’

Yes, Luck anticipates practicing Thursday and fully expects to be under center Sunday when the Colts entertain the San Diego Chargers at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Yes, yes, absolutely. Absolutely,’’ he replied when asked about starting against the Chargers.

Luck was upbeat throughout his 5-minute back-and-forth with the media, and did his best to downplay his absence from practice.

However, it’s rare for a starting quarterback to sit out a Wednesday practice, which is the first day players are exposed to the game plan. Backup Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris, who’s on the practice squad, shared the workload.

“Every day’s a big day in install,’’ Luck said. “Certainly the meat of the install goes in, but I don’t think that will affect me weekend-wise.’’

Wednesday’s situation is the latest episode in Luck’s health watch.

The team adopted some type of maintenance regimen after Luck’s injury-ravaged 2015. He suffered an injury to his right shoulder and ribs early in the season, then suffered a season-ending lacerated kidney Nov. 8 against Denver.

Since the start of the regular season, the Colts have had seven practices. Luck has been limited in three and did not participate in a fourth because of soreness in his right shoulder.

“We’ve had a plan and (his shoulder is) sore from the game,’’ he said. “It was a physical game, like any football game.’’

In Sunday’s loss at Denver, Luck completed just 21-of-40 passes for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked five times and hit on another 11 occasions.

“The training staff and coaches decided it was best if I didn’t go out today and just work in the training room,’’ Luck said. ‘I didn’t make it out on the field.

“(I’ll) come in tomorrow and obviously defer to the training staff and the coaches, but I do anticipate practicing tomorrow. But we’ll see.’’

More medical matters: Along with Luck, seven other players did not practice Wednesday – offensive tackle Joe Reitz (calf and neck), guard Denzelle Good (back), safety Clayton Geathers (foot), running back Frank Gore (rest), linebacker Robert Mathis (rest), cornerback Darius Butler (hamstring) and wide receiver Donte Moncrief (fractured scapula). Moncrief is expected to miss up to six weeks.

Seven of the eight players who did not practice are starters. The exception: Butler, who’s the nickel corner.

Cornerback Vontae Davis practiced for the first time since suffering a medial sprain to his right ankle Aug. 18. He had been working with the team’s rehab staff.

Davis said he was optimistic he would be available for Sunday’s game, but a more likely scenario has him returning Oct. 2 against Jacksonville in London.

Players who were limited included Davis, defensive end Kendall Langford (abdomen), cornerbacks Patrick Robinson (concussion) and Antonio Cromartie (ribs), linebacker Trent Cole (back) and safety T.J. Green (knee).

Defensive tackle Henry Anderson (knee) was a full participant and could see his first action of the season against San Diego.

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