There was one noticeable absence from practice today for the Indianapolis Colts as they began preparations on the field for their game against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday: quarterback Andrew Luck.
Luck didn’t practice today due to a “sore right shoulder” that was a lingering result of Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos, though Luck said he doesn’t think it’s reason for alarm. He mentioned that there is a plan in place to manage his shoulder and that the Colts coaches felt it was best for him to sit out practice today because of the lingering soreness. He said he anticipates practicing on Thursday, but wasn’t definitive, adding, “but we’ll see.” Overall, though, Luck said he is “not concerned” and, when asked if he expects to play Sunday, he said, “Yes. Absolutely.”
This sounds like it is largely still a part of the plan that the team implemented beginning in week one, as they are taking it easy on Luck and limiting his reps to manage his right shoulder issue. It’s the first time we’ve seen him sit out entirely, however, and since he did say that it was sore from Sunday’s game the hope is obviously that the issue hasn’t become worse. But for right now, it’s nothing to worry about, since as far as we know it’s just the Colts being cautious with their franchise quarterback. But every time he misses practice it’s certainly noteworthy, and it’s just another indication that his right shoulder will be something to keep an eye on both this week and moving forward throughout the rest of the season.