This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
One of my mentors on my route to becoming an athletic trainer once told me diagnosing an injury is a bit like being a detective. You have to gather as much information and evidence regarding the "case" to determine the cause of the problem and how to address it. However, even an All-Star collection of Batman, Sherlock Holmes, Colombo and Jessica Fletcher would struggle to decipher what in the world is going on in Indianapolis regarding Andrew Luck. Let's take a look at the presented evidence and do our best to make sense of the situation.
We know Luck is dealing with an injury on the lower leg near the ankle, but a number of possible issues have been mentioned.
Initially, the injury was described as a calf strain with Luck sitting out Colts' OTAs in May. Calf strains are common injuries in the NFL and can be a problem for quarterbacks as the plant their legs to throw. Fortunately, Luck was cleared for the start of training camp and was able to participate in early activities. However, the calf did not progress as expected, and Luck was removed from activity. He has remain limited ever since with the team remaining tight-lipped about specifics.
That changed a bit early last week when Colts owners Jim Irsay mentioned Luck's injury involved "mo-something else, but it's a small little bone." The information, combined with the previous diagnosis, led many to assume the quarterback was dealing with a condition known