The Indianapolis Colts believe lingering pain in Andrew Luck’s lower left leg will likely force their starting quarterback to miss the rest of the preseason.
They’re still unsure about his availability for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Chargers.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Tuesday additional testing revealed Luck appears to be suffering from an injury near the front of his ankle, something his previously diagnosed strained left calf might have exacerbated.
‘‘Honestly, I think it’s a cumulative thing through the years. Andrew’s had some issues with his left [ankle] for a while, so I think it’s really a cumulative thing,’’ Ballard said on a conference call. ‘‘We think we’ve found it. You hope you’ve found what the cause is. Is there a 100 percent guarantee? No, but we think we have, so we’ll move forward and try to treat it.’’
The injury kept Luck out of all of the team’s offseason workouts and all but three training camp practices. He still has not participated in full team drills.
Ballard and coach Frank Reich initially described the injury as a strained calf, but when Luck continued to complain about soreness, team officials started digging deeper to get answers.
‘‘Most of his pain is right below the calf, kind of anklish, up a little bit. Remember, everyone kept focusing on the Achilles’ and it’s not the Achilles’,’’ Ballard said. ‘‘The issue right now is the side-to-side stuff, the rolling of the ankle. Anything moving forward is good. It’s the moving in the pocket.’’
Antonio Brown’s weeklong absence from training camp with the Oakland Raiders to deal with frostbitten feet and a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet has ended and now he’s eager to get back on the field.
‘‘I'm extremely grateful to be here,’’ Brown said. ‘‘I’ve been dealing with a lot of adversity. I’m excited to be back and see my teammates and get in the groove of things.’’
Brown has not participated in a full practice after starting camp on the non-football injury list with injuries to his feet that reportedly came from frostbite suffered while getting cryotherapy treatment.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus called the injuries on Brown’s feet ‘‘brutal’’ and Brown left camp last week to meet with a specialist.
Brown gave no timeline for when he would be healthy enough to practice, saying only to ‘‘stay tuned.’’
Coach Jon Gruden said he didn’t know whether Brown would play in an exhibition game but was confident he’d be healthy enough for the season opener Sept. 9 against Denver.
‘‘I feel a lot better,’’ Brown said. ‘‘It’s been a process with the feet. Any time you have a lot of blisters, it’s hard to change direction and run and do what I do naturally. I’ve been away getting a lot of work. I’m excited to move forward.’’
Brown also has been battling with the NFL over his helmet, losing a grievance on Monday to use a version of his helmet that is no longer certified for practice or play.
Tate’s appeal denied
Giants wide receiver Golden Tate had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers turned down.
The decision by an independent arbiter means the 10-year-veteran will miss the first four games of the regular season, starting with Dallas on Sept. 8.
Tate, who signed a $37.5 million contract as a free agent in March, announced the suspension in a Twitter post on July 27. He said he intended to appeal it and felt his case had merit because he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor.
The appeal was heard by a member of an independent appeals panel in New York last week.
The NFL allows players to use fertility drugs, but they must obtain a therapeutic use exemption prior to using them. The league has insisted players are responsible for the drugs and supplements they take and advises them to talk to team trainers and medical personnel before using them.
Certain fertility drugs can help athletes boost performance or mask doping.
Some fertility drugs bought on line are not approved by the FDA.
Tate will be eligible to practice with the team until the start of the regular season.
Adrian Peterson says he won’t be discussing financial woes that came to light over the summer. The Redskins running back conducted his first interview of camp and declined to answer a question about pending legal action against him. Peterson was sued last month over failure to fully repay a $5.2 million loan and was ordered to pay $2.45 million to another creditor. ‘‘I won’t be addressing none of that,’’ Peterson said. ‘‘I thought maybe you would figure that I wouldn't. But I knew someone would probably ask, so I’m not going to be talking about none of that.’’ . . . First-year Packers coach Matt LaFleur said that Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the first-team offense and defense will play for about ‘‘a quarter or so’’ on Thursday when Green Bay heads to Baltimore for its second preseason game . . . Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said he plans to sit most of his starters, including quarterback Nick Foles, against the Eagles this week . . . Quarterback Matt Ryan expects to make his 2019 preseason debut when the Falcons play the Jets on Thursday night.