Luck (shoulder) still has no target date for a return to practice, head coach Chuck Pagano told the Indianapolis Star. "There's no timeline," he said.
With the Colts having as few as six more practices before the start of the regular season, according to the report, time is running out on Luck's ability to return to full practice and be ready for Week 1. There's been no reports of increased activity in recent days, though the team is giving few details on his status. The Colts haven't changed their stance that they expect Luck to be activated from the PUP list before the regular season. However, it looks increasingly likely that he may be activated from the PUP list and still miss some regular season games. Luck is working his way back from surgery to repair a slightly torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.
Luck (shoulder) has been throwing the football and his strength level is better than last season, according to GM Chris Ballard. "It's a progression where he's not throwing the football as strong as he wants to because we won't let him," Ballard told ESPN. However, Colts owner Jim Irsay said he cannot "unequivocally" say Luck will start the regular season opener. "We always knew it was going to be a borderline thing," Irsay said.
Luck, who is working his way back from surgery to repair a slightly torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, did not play in Sunday's preseason game since he's on the preseason PUP list. The game allowed reporters an opportunity to ask management about Luck's status. It was a mixed bag of responses as it sounds like Luck is ramping up his activity, but Irsay also said the team had looked into signing a veteran quarterback and didn't find the right fit, the Indianapolis Star reports. Meanwhile Scott Tolzien, Luck's potential replacement, struggled as the starter Sunday.
Colts GM Chris Ballard doesn't expect Luck (shoulder) to open the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but Ballard also isn't sure if his star quarterback will be ready for Week 1, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports.
The Colts will only keep Luck on the PUP list heading into the regular season if there's little-to-no chance he'll be available before Week 6. It otherwise makes sense to keep him on the roster and simply make him inactive on gamedays if he isn't quite ready at the beginning of the campaign. While his Week 1 status remains up in the air, Luck has made significant progress in his throwing program the past two weeks, rebuilding motion and strength in his right shoulder, Pelissero reports. The Colts have made it clear they won't rush Luck's process, preferring he miss some games rather than risk a re-injury that would end his season and possibly have long-term complications. Scott Tolzien has led the first-team offense during training camp.
Luck (shoulder) has been seen watching practice both Saturday and Sunday, but head coach Chuck Pagano said nothing has changed to suggest his activation from the Physically Unable to Perform list was imminent, the Indianapolis Star reports. "I wouldn't read too much into it if I was you," Pagano said.
At least Luck has been seen making some kind of progress, as he was also spotted rehabbing with other injured players Saturday according to ESPN, but few details have been given on his injury during training camp so far. Colts general manager Chris Ballard has said he expects Luck to come off the preseason PUP list before the regular season begins. Luck, however, said a the start of training camp that he's not yet ready to commit to playing the regular-season opener as he works his way back from surgery to repair a slightly torn labrum in his throwing shoulder.
Colts GM Chris Ballard expects Luck (shoulder) to come of the PUP list before the regular season begins despite a report that the team may consider placing him on the regular season PUP list, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.
A report earlier Tuesday from Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com said he heard "rumblings" that Luck could begin the season on the PUP list (and miss six games), but the official word from the Colts hasn't changed. Luck (shoulder) said Sunday that he's not ready to commit to playing the regular-season opener as he works his way back from surgery to repair a slightly torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Luck, who is on the preseason PUP list, may be trying to lower expectations and his words were overly guarded. Still, it's unlikely he'll play in a preseason game and there appears to be some risk he won't be ready by the start of the regular season.
|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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