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Andrew Luck: Shoulder woes informing approach to calf injury

Andrew Luck isn’t sweating a calf injury that has limited his work during the Indianapolis Colts’ offseason program. While Luck’s focus is on being ready for training camp, the quarterback noted this week he is leaning on lessons learned from battling a protracted shoulder issue that robbed him of the entire 2017 season to maintain perspective.

Coming off an impressive rebound season in 2018 that saw Luck earn NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors, the 29-year-old quarterback is not about to allow further injuring his calf derail a promising 2019 campaign.

“Things can be stubborn sometimes,” he said, via the Indianapolis Star. “I certainly don’t feel as young as I once did, but am certainly also being conservative with this. It’s one of the lessons I learned from my shoulder.”

He then put it like this: “A lot less anxiety in my life than before. I think (that’s) trusting myself, and trusting the process.”

Colts head coach Frank Reich called it a “no-brainer” when asked if Luck will be ready for training camp, and the perception is that the team supports the quarterback’s cautious approach to his strained calf, especially in light of the ordeal involving his shoulder.

“In my mind, it’s a no-brainer,” Reich said. “You can always re-aggravate something, I suppose … but barring anything crazy, in my mind, it’s a no-brainer.”

The Colts’ expectations ahead of the 2017 season that Luck would be available at some point never came to fruition despite constant speculation surrounding the quarterback’s expected availability.

All that said, a calf issue hardly brings the same level of concern for a quarterback as a surgically repaired right shoulder. It’s nevertheless understandable how both Luck and the Colts are exercising extreme caution to ensure things don’t somehow go south from a health standpoint for the franchise signal-caller in 2019.