Andrew Luck retires
Like everyone else outside of his inner circle, I was stunned to hear about Luck's decision to retire from football on Saturday night. It was the latest twist in a confusing offseason of unknown injury and slower than expected rehab.
The initial reports that Luck had been worn down by injury didn't seem to make sense. Why retire due to injury now -- two weeks before the season -- after battling through kidney lacerations and abdominal muscle tears and concussion and a prolonged recovery from shoulder surgery over the past three years? Didn't Luck return to have one of his best seasons in 2018 after the Colts finally addressed the offensive line issues that had left him in harm's way so often in his early career? Wasn't he theoretically close to recovery from a calf and ankle condition after months of hard work and rehab this offseason?
But after watching Luck's press conference, hearing him detail the toll the shoulder rehab took on him, express the excitement and pride he took in his play last year after that long road, then discuss the parallels he saw in this summer's long rehab, his thought process was more easily seen. It's heartbreaking but clear and reasonable.
Finally, while I understand why Colts' fans may feel disappointed and even betrayed at the timing of Luck's announcement and I recognize Adam Schefter's reasons for breaking the story as he did, I very much hope the Colts find a way to get Luck back on the field for a more appropriate goodbye than the boos he experienced Saturday night.
This isn't the first unexpected retirement of a football great. Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Robert Smith, and Calvin Johnson each had their reasons for moving on during the prime of their careers.
All the best in retirement, Andrew.
Cam Newton | Left midfoot sprain | Preseason Week 3 | Week-to-Week | Probable Week 1
Newton injury occurred as he stepped up into a crowded pocket. Video didn't show a violent mechanism of injury but Newton skipped back without bearing weight on his left foot. He limped off the field and was immobilized in a walking boot after the game.
The Panthers announced the injury as a midfoot sprain, a term that routinely raises concern for a Lisfranc injury. In Newton's case, video did not show an injury consistent with a Lisfranc joint injury and the team has been uniformly optimistic in expecting only a brief absence. That optimism appears well-founded as Newton was already out of the walking boot on Sunday.