Andrew Luck injury update: Colts to name starting QB by third preseason game

As Andrew Luck continues dealing with his injured leg, the Colts are facing a decision on their starting quarterback for the season opener.

The Colts have been cautious with Luck, who suffered a strained calf this spring. Colts general manager Chris Ballard revealed Tuesday that Luck also has a high-ankle injury. He’s missed all but three practices in training camp.

With time running out before the season opener, head coach Frank Reich told reporters Wednesday he wants to decide by next weekend whether Luck or backup Jacoby Brissett will be the opening-game starter.

“You have to be able to make a call and move from there,” Reich told reporters, “whether we’re full speed with Andrew after that third preseason game (Aug. 24) or if at that point we are going with Jacoby.”

If Brissett does get the start it would be under similar circumstances to what happened in 2017. That spring and summer, the Colts felt confident Luck would be ready for the season opener after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, but he ended up missing the season.

Brissett stepped in and started 15 games that year, passing for almost 3,100 yards, with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.