The Indianapolis Colts are in wait and see mode with Andrew Luck.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the same position but in a different way with DeMarcus Cousins.
Meanwhile, in Dallas, the Cowboys have not come to an agreement with any of their three players currently looking for new deals.
All that and more this week in US Sports.
1. Colts still waiting on Luck to get healthy
It is 2017 all over again as the Colts continue to wait for quarterback Luck to lead the team’s offense. Just two seasons after Luck thought he would start the season but ultimately missed the entire year due to injury, Indianapolis are once again in limbo while Luck deals with an injury.
Exactly what the issue is remains to be seen as it has been reported that he had a calf issue, then an ankle issue and now just a general leg issue. The only thing certain is Luck is not leading the team’s offense as the season creeps closer and closer.
Coach Frank Reich told reporters this week he wants to make a decision on who will start week one by the third week of the preseason. Whether that will be Luck or backup Jacoby Brissett remains to be seen.
GM Chris Ballard shares an update on Andrew Luck:
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) August 14, 2019
2. Cousins’ season may be done before it started
The Lakers may have already been dealt a devastating injury. Cousins tore his anterior cruciate ligament, the center’s agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN.
Los Angeles were hoping to go with a solid big three with Cousins, Anthony Davis and LeBron James, but now they will likely have to build around Davis and James as Cousins could have just suffered his second season-ending injury in the past three years.
3. Cowboys no closer to deals with stars
The Cowboys continue to work to sign Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott to deals, but as far as we know, they are no closer to anything.
Jerry Jones offered a colourful illustration as to what trying to sign the three players is like this week.
“Picture you were a driver of a car and you had a wreck and your hand was almost severed off, but you didn’t understand your anatomy,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “You look down, you’re spurting blood, you open the door, and run to the woods, and either die bleeding to death or shock. The educated man looks down, knows his anatomy, squeezes and knows his best chance is to wait for help. That’s because he’s been there a lot and done that. So I’m squeezing and waiting for help.”
Jones might be a little stressed by his current situation.
“Just a matter of time.”
Tony Romo talks on the big three #DallasCowboys contracts.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) August 13, 2019
4. Pitchers starting to look fragile
It is the dog days of summer in MLB and pitchers are dropping like flies. Just this week, Philadelphia Phillies righty Jake Arrieta went on the 10-day injured list (IL) and is likely done for the season as he is considering undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow, Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole was scratched for a start with a hamstring issue and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon underwent surgery on his elbow and then discovered he needed Tommy John surgery. He will now be out for all of 2020 as well.
At this point teams are just trying to get to the end of the year without losing a pitcher for the season but the Phillies and Pirates were unable to escape that fate.