Chris Ballard: Andrew Luck’s ankle injury is “a cumulative thing”

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Colts General Manager Chris Ballard says there’s no single cause of quarterback Andrew Luck‘s ankle injury, but instead the injury has been building over time.

After the Colts said for weeks that Luck injured his calf, Ballard described Luck’s injury as “pain right below his calf” and an injury to the “posterior ankle.” Ballard said it’s been an issue for Luck for a long time.

“I think it’s a cumulative thing, through the years,” Ballard said. “Andrew’s had some ankle issues with his left one for a while, and I think it’s just kind of a cumulative thing.”

Ballard said the Colts gave Luck treatment in May but that treatment was unsuccessful. Now the Colts are facing the probability that Luck won’t play at all in the preseason, and the possibility that if he’s playing in Week One, he’ll be playing at less than 100 percent healthy.

39 responses to “Chris Ballard: Andrew Luck’s ankle injury is “a cumulative thing”

  1. Ballard said the Colts gave Luck treatment in May but that treatment was unsuccessful.

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    May! It’s now mid-august. Think maybe they knew it wasn’t successful before camp started?

  2. When he came back and actually looked good I was surprised – it seemed like the Colts were doubling down on damaged goods but he and they seemed to prove the doubters, myself included, wrong.

    Now I feel you gotta be back to wondering about the long term prospects. Time will tell.

  3. If he had a high severe ligament strain he would be in a cast and kiss 12 weeks goodbye at least. High ankle sprains not so bad. After all this time its got to be something more serious they are trying to hide

  4. “I think it’s a cumulative thing, through the years,” Ballard said. “Andrew’s had some ankle issues with his left one for a while, and I think it’s just kind of a cumulative thing.”

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    So wait, Luck ALWAYS had a bad ankle then? Was this ever reported? Did it need to be? I think they’re digging themselves a deeper hole each them they attempt to clear things up.

  5. The ankle is just a cumulative thing that started out as a separated shoulder that turned into a ruptured disk between his 4th and 5th vertebra that lead to him walking funny that lead to his ankle injury. So you can see why we are not that concerned with Andrews ankle.

    To be completely honest, his ankle is the furthest thing from our mind right now.

  6. Wow just shut up already. Either 1: it is an injury never put on reports with NFL or 2: it is his achilles!!! Either way the only way ankle injuries become cumulative is when turn it over and roll it time and again weakening the tendons and ligaments. In which case we go back to #1 and now the Colts have explaining to do.

  7. Not only are the Colts not smart enough to stop digging but they call in the steam shovels to make the hole even deeper. Tomorrow Irsay will announce Luck has suffered 53 concussions over his career that were never reported.

  8. Always something with this guy. Always.

    And then it doesn’t matter anyway. He folds like a cheap suit whenever he does stay healthy enough to play in the playoffs.

  9. I don’t think Luck will be playing into his late 30s or Early 40s like Brees, Brady and Rivers. He is still only 29 and only played through 6 actual seasons and is so beat up where he can’t even do a full training camp and preseason after not playing for months.

  10. Colts back in the time machine too 17, grigson screwed the colts bad. He put Luck out there with an awful line for three years. Just a year ago they finally addressed the line. Too little to late . They let him take a beating and now he might never be the same. Luck wont make it till he is 32 in the nfl. He got hit alot at Stanford too. It’s a shame he was supposed to replace manning, amd it looked like he might actually do it. Not so much anymore.

  11. It sounds more like Andrew has bone spurs in his ankles that are causing inflammation (or even a tear) in his Achilles that now need surgery which can be anything from 6 to 12 weeks of recovery, but the Colts will screw it up and Andrew might be back for 2021.

  12. Yep. Cumulative injuries should be showing up on workhorse running backs and guys in their 15th year. Not quarterbacks with what 6 full seasons worth of games? It’s nothing against him personally, some guys just end up plagued by this kind of injury. He could still be around 10 years from now, but the evidence suggests he’s going to keep having issues that limit him.

  13. This guy is apparently made of glass. He gets hurt when someone looks at him sideways. It’s sad, because he’s obviously very talented, but he can’t stay healthy–and that means he’s not of much use to his team.

  14. So what you’re saying is we have a failure to comply with the injury reporting rules in the NFL. Essentially, the colts have been manipulating the injury report. How many draft picks is this worth? Perhaps a 1st and 3rd?

  15. As a Dolphins fan, I don’t have a dog in the fight.

    As a football fan, I wish Andrew Luck a proper recovery – football is more fun with the most talented guys on the field, regardless of team. The league is better for it.

    As a sane and rational person who understands today’s media, Irsay and Ballard should prob. stop talking ASAP.

  16. jimjets says:
    August 14, 2019 at 3:53 pm
    Always something with this guy. Always.

    And then it doesn’t matter anyway. He folds like a cheap suit whenever he does stay healthy enough to play in the playoffs.
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    Jets fan talking smack.
    Cute.

  17. As a season ticket holder since the Mayflower (1984) I have learned to be very skeptical of anything that comes out of the Colt’s complex on 56th street.

  18. It wasn’t just the line, which was bad. But Luck did nothing to avoid contact, seemed to enjoy it, his first few years. QBs like Wentz and Watson who refuse to alter their style to avoid contact should pay attention to what Luck’s going through. They need to get smart (grow up) and quit taking on those big defenders. Dump the ball off or check down if you need to, live to play you’re 40.

  19. Why do I get the feeling they knew this all along? Would answer to why Ballard and the Colts spent virtually nothing of all the cap space they have available this year.

  20. i’ve never seen a team this bad at diagnosing injuries or this blatant at misleading the public.

  21. Luck will play. Luck will be fine . . . I suspect he has pain that he’s not used to having . . . and some doctor is about to diagnose his injury as “turning 30 yrs old.”

  22. It seems there are no doctors on the Colts’ staff. Every person who they have dragged out to talk to the press has a different story. Indy is as forthcoming as Putin’s PR team. Probably as honest, too.

  23. I don’t think Luck will be playing into his late 30s or Early 40s like Brees, Brady and Rivers.
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    The most athletic of this trio, Drew Brees can scramble some and ran a 4.83 40 at his Combine. Rivers can move a little in the pocket – 5.08 Combine 40. Brady doesn’t have Rivers athleticism and is much slower – 5.28 Combine 40. Andrew Luck had an amazing Combine, including a 4.67 40. He is fearless and has taken the brutal hits that runners take. The Luck to Brees comparison re likely longevity is apples to oranges. Luck to Rivers and Brady is apples to kumquats.

  24. I don’t think Luck will be playing into his late 30s or Early 40s like Brees, Brady and Rivers.
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    The most athletic of this trio, Drew Brees can scramble some and ran a 4.83 40 at his Combine. Rivers can move a little in the pocket – 5.08 Combine 40. Brady doesn’t have Rivers athleticism and is much slower – 5.28 Combine 40. Andrew Luck had an amazing Combine, including a 4.67 40. He is fearless and has taken the brutal hits that runners take. The Luck to Brees comparison re likely longevity is apples to oranges. Luck to Rivers and Brady is apples to kumquats.

  25. Irsay may have given away the real problem. When he mentioned ‘moe’, the Boston homer press went looking and found there is a condition called M O, Myositis Ossificans, where calcified masses form in muscles, ie tiny pieces of bone are forming in Luck’s muscles and while there are treatments this can’t possibly be good for his long term outlook.

  26. Before the Pat fans call the Colts cheaters for not divulging injuries and call for suspensions and Roger Goodell to give them the draft picks which should be taken away, injuries are not required to be divulged in off season or Preseason. Nobody is betting on OTAs.

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