Freeney: Andrew Luck "Should Be Fine"

The Colts quarterback has been dealing with a calf strain for several months, but Dwight Freeney believes it will be "remedied pretty quickly"

Zach Gelb
August 02, 2019 - 9:09 am
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Another year, another ailment for Andrew Luck, who has been dealing with a calf strain for the better part of three months. Dwight Freeney, however, believes Luck will be fine sooner rather than later.

“Andrew is a competitor,” Freeney told Zach Gelb, who was filling in as host of Ferrall on the Bench. “He’s a guy who likes to grind and knows how to get right, get his body right, and get back on that field. As of right now, it’s early. A calf strain, depending on how bad it is, it can be remedied pretty quickly. As a quarterback, I think it’s not as detrimental as other positions. Yes, Andrew is a guy who likes to move around in the pocket and scramble, and yes, you do have to do some planting off that foot. But I think that type of injury would be way worse if you were a skill-position guy where you had to actually run and really make hard cuts. I think he should be fine.”

Luck, who missed the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury, returned to form in 2018. He completed a career-high 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards, 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, as the Colts finished 10-6 and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

“I’m expecting a big year from those guys,” Freeney said. “The way they won football games, there was no hiding it. It was though tough work, offensive linemen being solid, protecting Andrew – that’s blue-collar type of stuff. Those guys up front for Andrew and the running game, there’s no trick to that. There’s no fluke to that. Those guys worked hard on a day-to-day basis and built a team that teams had to really step up to stop. You had a dual-threat offense, and that defense was starting to trend in the right direction at the right time. With some of the new additions that they have, I think they’re going to be pretty good, man. I honestly do. I’ll be really surprised if the Colts don’t play well.”

The Colts open the season with road games against the Chargers and Titans before returning home to play the Falcons and Raiders in Weeks 3 and 4, respectively.

Click below to listen to Freeney’s interview in its entirety.