Jim Irsay went on NFL radio on SirusXM recently and made some baffling comments about his franchise quarterback’s injury.
Andrew Luck has been sidelined for months with what the team has called a calf strain. He hasn’t participated in any training camp practices except for a few when it first started. Now his owner has come out to explain his injury a little further, and it’s confusing.
Jim Irsay said in a recent radio interview that the injury is more of a bone injury than it is his Achilles. That would fly in the face of calling it a calf strain, as the team has done for several months. Something in his lower leg bone is not a calf strain.
Irsay said that former Colts Ryan Diem and Raheem Brock had to deal with this in the past. He says he’s confident that Luck will get through it and leave it all behind here soon. But we have heard this sort of thing before from him.
Irsay said very similar things when it came to Luck’s shoulder a few seasons ago. He said it wasn’t that bad, and that Luck would be back before the season starts. Then he’d be back after missing a few games. Then he’d be back in October. He eventually missed the entire year.
This shows a troubling pattern of the organization of hiding the severity of injuries from those on the outside. This is the second time in the last three years in which the Colts have not released the true severity of an injury to Luck. That leads to a pattern of mistrust with its fanbase.
Why should anyone believe anything Irsay tells them? Why should fans expect Luck to be ready to go for the regular season? Everything that has been told to them has been a lie. The team has deliberately kept this “bone” issue under wraps.
This could not only have ramifications for the team as it tries to win games, but it could have ramifications with the Colts’ fanbase. Fans will begin to mistrust the organization. And I can’t blame them one bit.