Luck's surgery to address a lingering right shoulder issue is in line to prevent the QB from throwing for three months, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
The NFL.com report adds that a full recovery entails a period of approximately six months, a scenario that would enable Luck to be at full strength at or around the opening of training camp this coming July. Such an outcome precludes any setbacks, but a continuing theme with regard to Luck's status is that the QB is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 campaign. Though a regular on the Colts' injury report this past season, Luck started all but one of the team's games in 2016, en route to recording 4,240 passing yards and a 31:13 TD:INT ratio. With a complete recovery assumed, Luck should remain a quality fantasy option in 2017, though back-to-back 8-8 results in which the Colts did not qualify for the playoffs figure to lead to some re-tooling of the QB's supporting cast this offseason.
While the specifics of the procedure and a precise timetable for the QB's recovery have not yet been offered, Irsay noted that Luck, whose shoulder issue had lingered since Week 3 of the 2015 campaign, will be ready for the start of the 2017 season. With that in mind, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests that the motivation for Luck going ahead with the surgery is for the QB -- who was an injury report regular in 2016 -- "to not have to be limited in practice anymore."
Luck has apparently been dealing with a lingering shoulder injury since 2015, but that didn't stop him from throwing for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2016. Although Irsay didn't get into the specifics of the procedure, he did note that Luck will be ready to begin his sixth NFL season in 2017.
Luck found tight end Jack Doyle from one yard out with nine seconds to play for the game-winning touchdown after getting the ball down by three with 1:33 left. This performance put the 2012 first overall pick over 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns for just the second time in his five-year career, and he fnished with 4,240 and 31 in those respective categories. He also threw just 13 interceptions this season, but overall has reestablished himself as one of the game's most dependable quarterbacks.
Luck (right shoulder) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars after practicing fully Friday.
The 7-8 Colts will look to close out their season on a high note against the 3-12 Jaguars, with Luck on track to start Sunday's game before heading into the offseason to heal up from the aches and pains he's collected this season, en route to compiling a 29:12 TD:INT ratio and passing for 3,919 yards over 14 games.
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