INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After a preseason teeming with injuries, the Indianapolis Colts’ first practice participation report for the regular season offered yet another twist.
Quarterback Andrew Luck was one of six players listed as “limited’’ Wednesday. That means he didn’t take his normal repetitions.
The participation report was released after coach Chuck Pagano’s press conference. Luck met with the media after practice, but before the participation report was release. He was in good spirits and insisted he was eager to return to the playing field Sunday against the Detroit Lions. It will mark his first regular-season game since suffering a season-ending lacerated kidney against Denver Nov. 8.
“I’ve been nervous before every game I’ve ever played – professionally, collegiately, high school and middle school,’’ Luck said. “I get the butterflies and it will probably be just about the same (Sunday).’’
It’s news anytime a starting quarterback shows up as limited – or worse – on the participation report. That’s especially the case with Luck.
Prior to the kidney injury that knocked him out of the final seven games of last season, Luck missed two starts with injuries to his right shoulder and ribs.
Also, Luck was banged around in the third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was sacked three times and hit on six other occasions during the first half. Luck was supposed to play at least the first possession of the third quarter, but coach Chuck Pagano decided against that because of the poor play by the offensive line.
Others limited Wednesday were guard Jack Mewhort (knee), defensive end Kendall Langford (knee), defensive tackle Henry Anderson (knee), linebacker Sio Moore (hamstring) and offensive tackle Joe Reitz (back).
Four players did not practice: Cornerbacks Vontae Davis (ankle) and Darius Butler (ankle), safety Clayton Geathers (foot) and guard Joe Haeg (ankle).