On a picture-perfect Saturday morning in Central Indiana, the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts is standing on the lush, green practice field, coolly fielding questions about one of the biggest training camp stories across the entire league.

After a 2018 season in which Indianapolis rallied from a 1-5 start to go 10-6 and win a playoff game, Chris Ballard’s Colts have become a trendy pick to reach the AFC championship game and maybe even the Super Bowl.

But this was Aug. 10, just minutes after the Colts completed yet another practice without star quarterback Andrew Luck, who injured his left calf in April and missed all organized team activities. Nothing derails Super Bowl hopes faster than a training camp injury to the star quarterback, so the Colts are choosing to operate with caution regarding Luck, who has an extensive injury history (including missing all of the 2017 season with a shoulder injury).

Coach Frank Reich announced Monday that Luck would miss the Colts’ much-anticipated joint practices with the Cleveland Browns later this week, a decision that jibed with Reich’s prior statement in July that the gruesome Achilles injury suffered by Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant in the NBA Finals influenced his cautious approach regarding his star quarterback.