Colts holding Luck out of OTAs
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts will continue to hold Andrew Luck out of offseason workouts this week because of a strained calf.
Luck says he hurt the calf during training and was surprised the injury kept him out of action for the Colts’ entire offseason program.
Coach Frank Reich continues to insist the move is precautionary. Indy opened its final scheduled offseason work Tuesday with a three-day mandatory minicamp.
Luck told reporters he has been throwing and believes he will be ready to practice when training camp opens in late July. The Colts have not yet announced a reporting date. But an 18-month recovery from surgery on his throwing shoulder has helped him remain patient as he recovers from the sore calf.
EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings and tight end Kyle Rudolph have agreed to terms on a contract extension, keeping the team’s longest-tenured offensive player in place despite a tight salary cap situation.
The Vikings announced the deal on Tuesday as minicamp began. Rudolph had entered the final year of his previous contract with a $7.25 million non-guaranteed salary, putting him at risk for being released after Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. was drafted in the second round.
Rudolph, a two-time Pro Bowl pick in his ninth NFL season, had 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. He played in every game over the last four years. The native of Cincinnati and product of Notre Dame has spoken often about how at home his family has felt in Minnesota .
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden will be a TV star once again.
HBO announced Tuesday that the Raiders will be featured on the network’s “Hard Knocks” show in training camp this summer that gives a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team.
Gruden spent nine seasons as the lead analyst on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” before returning to the sideline for a second stint as Raiders coach last year. Now he will likely be a star of the 14th edition of this reality show.
The Raiders made several high-profile additions this offseason that made them an attractive team for the show. They hired another former TV analyst as general manager in Mike Mayock, traded for big-play receiver Antonio Brown and signed controversial free agents Vontaze Burfict and Richie Incognito.
Gruden had expressed reservations about being on the show but the Raiders were one of five teams who could be forced to do the show because they didn’t make the playoffs the past two seasons, didn’t have a new coach and hadn’t done the show the past 10 years.
The first of five episodes will air Aug. 6.