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Peyton Manning ‘pulling’ for Andrew Luck to be ready for Week 1

Peyton Manning paid a visit to Indianapolis Colts training camp this week, the first such practice he’s attended since participating in his final one with the team back in 2011. Of the utmost importance and concern for the Colts is the ongoing health issues plaguing Andrew Luck, and Manning hopes the quarterback is good to go come Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season.

The Colts are believed to have “guarded optimism” about Luck, currently sidelined with a mysterious lower leg issue that is said to include a high-left ankle injury and calf strain, being ready come the start of the regular season. However, the team officially declared on Tuesday that Luck is out for the entire preseason.

When talking to reporters Thursday, Manning addressed his recent interactions with Luck.

“Just encourage him,” Manning said. “Wish him luck. I know he wants to be out here. I know that’s always the hardest thing when I was not playing with him not being out there. You wanna be out there participating. I know he’s dying to get out here and be back as soon as he can. I’m pulling for him to be healthy for Week 1 when it really matters and counts. I feel pretty good about him being out there.” 

Manning’s ultimate exit from Indy and arrival with the Denver Broncos of course was set in motion when the Colts selected Luck with the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Beyond that shared history between Manning and Luck, the retired NFL legend also had to overcome an injury that cost him an entire season back in 2011, a fate the Colts quarterback has also endured during his career in 2017. While Luck’s current injury issues don’t appear as severe as the previous situation, it goes without saying the Colts are obviously pulling for Luck to be ready come Week 1 as well.