Kevin Durant is living proof of why the Indianapolis Colts are being smart by playing it safe with Andrew Luck’s current injury, which has been reported as a calf strain.
Luck himself has come out and said he considers it more of a “lower leg injury”, as he’s indicated feeling some soreness in his ankle as well. Although doctors have purportedly advised there is no additional risk to Luck’s Achilles, we literally just saw this story play out in the NBA playoffs, and it did not end well for one Kevin Durant.
No two injuries are exactly the same, that is understood. However, the idea that if the lower leg is compromised, there is no additional risk to the Achilles seems to contradict common sense. You know, the knee bone is connected to the shin bone, and the shin bone is connected to the so on and so forth. Next, obviously, basketball and football are apples and oranges. You could argue that the physical strain on an NFL quarterback is perhaps less impactful on the legs. Especially for pocket passers who are not having to jump, cut, plant, stop and start the same way an NBA player is expected to. However, the clear difference is the fact that the quarterback is a human target, being attacked on every play by 250 plus pound linebackers and linemen.
The Colts legitimately could be risking the future of their franchise if they were to rush Andrew Luck back. For Luck and the Colts, the timing is such that they are going to slow play this whole thing, unlike Kevin Durant who was playing for a third consecutive NBA championship. Though the Colts have heavy expectations of a meaningful playoff run this year, there is no pressure on them to have Luck out there week one of the pre-
season. In fact, they could survive the first four weeks without Luck if they really had to, having held on to quality backup Jacoby Brissett.
The plan all along according to Frank Reich and the Colts brass was for Andrew Luck to sit the first week of the pre-season, but to be perfectly honest, I’d have him sitting the entire pre-season. At most, I might roll him out for the first quarter of the third week of the pre-season as a dress rehearsal, but I’d be sweating it the whole fifteen minutes of play. The bottom line here is that, in light of what happened to Kevin Durant being so fresh in our minds, the Colts are justifiably taking things slow with Andrew Luck. Thus preserving their playoff chances for this year, and for the next several years to come.