WESTFIELD, Ind. — The Indianapolis Colts are preparing for a new season–and we have it all covered with Blue Zone Live!
Chris Hagan hosted the web-only program, which streams exclusively on FOX59.com and CBS4Indy.com as well as the stations’ social media platforms.
The Athletic’s Stephen Holder joined the show to discuss Andrew Luck’s status. The quarterback, still hobbled with a calf injury that kept him out of OTAs and minicamp, will miss practice the rest of the week and sit out the team’s first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.
Holder said he didn’t want to “send too many alarms” about Luck’s injury. He said Luck clearly isn’t “in shape to play championship-level football” right now. Hagan said Luck knows his value to the franchise and doesn’t want to push himself to the team’s detriment.
While the injury is significantly different, the situation brings to mind Luck’s shoulder injury, which forced him to miss the entire 2017 season. Luck had said he’d be ready for training camp, but the calf injury has lingered. He has had an MRI and x-rays to determine the nature and severity of the injury. He described it as a calf strain.
“I bet he’s going through a lot,” Holder said. “Because he has been down this road before–we’re not in the same place, granted–but it’s just too similar for him.”
Running back Nyheim Hines also joined the program. He said the coaching staff wants players to get “1% better” each day and admitted he’d made a couple mistakes during practice.
“I’ve learned to take the good with the bad and the bad with the good, and as an offense and defense, sometimes you have to make mistakes to know what’s happening, you have to see something that you haven’t seen before,” Hines said.
Hines, who had an impressive season as a rookie, hopes to have some more explosive plays this season.
“I’ve learned you have to expect the unexpected,” he said. “Even in college sometimes, I might not get the ball and I’m like, ‘Man, nothing’s gonna happen.’ And just when you’re not getting the ball, the ball’s right there and there’s a big play and you’ve got to be ready to make that play.”
Hines said it’s important to be mentally ready–no matter what level you’re playing.
“You never know when your number’s going to be called upon. I don’t know how much I’m gonna play or how much I’m not gonna play, but it doesn’t matter. When I’m out there, I’ve gotta go play.”
The Colts play their first preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 8 against the Buffalo Bills. The game will be broadcast live on FOX59 and streamed at FOX59.com (Indy market only).