The Colts are reportedly cautiously optimistic that Andrew Luck will be available for week 1 of the regular season. But there’s a real possibility he won’t play.
Ever since Luck hurt his leg in March, the Colts have been saying that he will be healthy for the regular season and won’t miss any action. But now that seems to have changed. They aren’t even completely sure if they have the injury correctly diagnosed yet.
Now they are “cautiously optimistic” that Luck will be ready for week 1. This is clearly a downgrade from what they have been saying all offseason. But now there is a real possibility that Jacoby Brissett could start the first game, and possibly more.
Brissett hasn’t looked great at times in training camp. Yesterday, he struggled against the Browns during their second joint practice. He just doesn’t look super comfortable right now with the first team offense. But they have still have some time to fix that.
The more I see of this offense with Brissett though, the more concerned I get. He should be getting better with more reps in practice, but it doesn’t seem like he has so far. We should learn more on Saturday during the second preseason game against the Browns.
Luck will have a couple more weeks to get himself ready for the start of the season, but a deadline is quickly approaching. Frank Reich said he wanted to have Luck for a couple of weeks of practice prior to week 1. That puts it just after the third preseason game.
Luck should be able to play through the pain, but the point is to have him not be in pain. Hopefully he can be pain-free soon, but fans need to brace for a real possibility of Brissett playing real games.