Colts notebook: Andrew Luck focused on practice, not preseason opener
ANDERSON, Ind. – It will have been 273 days between the last time Andrew Luck stepped on the playing field and the Indianapolis Colts’ Sunday meeting with the Green Bay Packers in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
Chuck Pagano revealed earlier this week every able-bodied player will see action, but it’s fair to wonder if Luck might be lobbying for extended exposure.
Luck smiled, then dismissed that notion.
“No. No. Why put extra stress on our coach,’’ he said Tuesday. “You realize your coach . . . (is) going to make the decision on what’s best for this team and being prepared, and we trust in that. So why question it?’’
In the last two preseason openers, Luck has played sparingly: two series and 18 plays against Philadelphia last year and one 12-play series in 2014 against the New York Jets.
Considering the amount of time he’s missed since suffering a season-ending lacerated kidney Nov. 8 against Denver, Luck was asked if he needed more work than usual during preseason games.
“I honestly haven’t thought about it in that sense,’’ he said. “I’ve just sort of been focusing on these training camp practices and when the preseason games come, coach tells you what to do.
“You learn not to worry too much about someone else’s job (and) focus on your job.’’
However, Luck admitted there’s value to experiencing full-speed contact, in limited doses, of course.
“I don’t want to make it a bigger deal than it is,’’ he said. “You’re going to get hit in the game and you get back up and keep playing, but yeah, there is something to it that sort of resets the button, ‘Alright, you know you’re playing football.’’’
Rookie center Ryan Kelly missed his second day of work Tuesday evening after suffering a strained left shoulder Sunday. His status for the Packers game is uncertain.
Also, safety Mike Adams missed a second day of work. He suffered an injury to his left foot Sunday.
Early depth chart
First a disclaimer: few things are less significant than an early depth chart. That in mind, there were a few interesting items on the Colts’ first official depth chart of training camp.
Hugh Thornton, not Denzelle Good, is listed as the starting right guard. Sio Moore, not Nate Irving, is the starting Will linebacker. Until Henry Anderson returns from injury (knee) and Art Jones from suspension, Zach Kerr is the starting defensive tackle.
The strangest aspect of the depth chart? It lists only 10 offensive positions.