Coach Chuck Pagano confirmed Tuesday that for now Luck will hold off on football-related activities, as the QB continues his rehab from January shoulder surgery. Meanwhile, no time-frame for when Luck might start throwing again has been outlined. Per Pagano, the next step "is getting (Luck) to the point where he can throw. And then there's going to be a number, a pitch count, on him, and he's going to have to continue to build from the ground floor up." As for training camp, Luck's level of participation has yet to be determined, though the current expectation remains that the Colts' franchise signal-caller should be ready to rock in advance of the team's Sept. 10 regular-season opener.
Although Colts brass confidently stated that Luck will be ready for Week 1, the lack of discussion about his return to the practice field is cause for concern regarding his training camp and preseason availability. Luck was never expected to participate in Indy's offseason program, as the procedure he had in January -- repairing a torn labrum -- typically requires four-to-six months for recovery. That timeline would seem to put him on track for the start of training camp, and yet the Colts have avoided any discussion of target dates, only saying that they'll be cautious with their franchise quarterback. While it won't come as any surprise if Scott Tolzien is leading the first-string offense at the start of camp, Luck is still expected to be back at full health by Week 1.
Luck revealed Monday that the right shoulder surgery he underwent in January stemmed from an injury first suffered in Week 3 of the 2015 season, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports.
Luck had surgery in January to repair what Colts owner Jim Irsay called a "slightly torn labrum" in his throwing shoulder. While that explained the discomfort Luck had been playing through, just how long he'd been doing so wasn't fully disclosed until Monday. Despite an abdomen/kidney complication ultimately ending his 2015 season after seven games, Luck and the Colts decided rehab would be the best way to handle his shoulder going into 2016. Although Luck went on to play 15 games, he was a regular on the Colts' injury report throughout the year, and his subsequent surgery helped explain some of his inconsistencies. Now that the full story is known and Luck's problem has been fixed, fantasy owners can look forward to him being uninhibited once he's cleared to get back in the saddle this season.
Owner Jim Irsay clarified Tuesday at the NFL's annual meetings that Luck underwent surgery to take care of a "slightly torn labrum" in his right shoulder in January, Mike Chappell of CBS 4 Indianapolis reports.
Irsay has now chimed in about Luck's health in back-to-back days, but his statement Tuesday marks the first mention of the nature of injury. After Monday's comments, the Colts are clearly bracing for no Luck on the field during the offseason program and perhaps the early stages of training camp, as he remains without a timetable to continue throwing. "I would say that certainly he should be pretty close to being ready and really throwing it around pretty damn well once training camp comes," Irsay said. "That's the way the doctors feel right now." The assertion comes on the heels of head coach Chuck Pagano telling Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star on Tuesday that the Colts felt the procedure "was the best thing for Andrew moving forward." With the long-term health of their franchise quarterback in mind, a cautious approach will almost certainly dominate the remaining steps in Luck's recovery.
The Colts are relying on team doctors to determine how much of a workload Luck (shoulder) will carry this offseason. "We are not going to be rushing him," owner Jim Irsay said. "We are going to make sure, obviously, that the shoulder has to be ready and the doctors are going to give full approval before he starts putting real reps on it and that sort of thing. This is going to be a huge benefit in the long run. We really feel that he's going to be completely healed for the season and he's going to have a great season...If we need an extra arm in camp, as we start doing our work, we will be prepared for that."
Irsay also stated how Luck, who underwent shoulder surgery in January, recently received a positive checkup from his doctor and is continuing to heal well. Regardless, whenever Luck's cleared to resume throwing again, the Colts remain committed to the notion of bringing him back slowly in order to make certain their franchise quarterback's throwing arm is in top shape entering the 2017 campaign, which is a prudent move considering the health of his right shoulder was consistently an issue last season and the reason he appeared on the injury report ahead of every single game. In the event Luck remains under heavy limitations when training camp opens up in July, look for Irsay and Co. to add an "extra arm" to the roster to ensure the team has enough healthy quarterbacks to run summer practices efficiently.
|P2||8/19/17||@ DAL||7:00 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ PIT||7:30 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|6||10/16/17||@ TEN||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/3/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/17||@ BAL||4:30 pm|
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