Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is not taking part in any physical activity during the franchise’s mandatory minicamp this week, but that doesn’t mean the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft isn’t making progress.
Luck, 27, underwent right shoulder in January to repair a lingering issue that had bothered him since the 2015 season, and said Tuesday that he was feeling better despite not being able to throw yet.
“I feel and see myself getting better every day, every week,” Luck said, via ESPN. “That’s something you can sort of hang your hat on. It’s progress. To me, that’s what matters now.”
The Colts’ coaching staff still have no timetable for Luck’s return, but are surely hoping No. 12 will be on the field with his teammates when training camp starts in late July.
“The next step is getting to the point where he can throw,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday, via Indianapolis’ team website. “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. We will just listen, as we always do, to our doctors and trainers, and listen to Andrew. He knows himself and his body better than anyone else.”
“Am I hopeful? Am I praying? Yeah, so is everybody,” Pagano said when asked if Luck would be ready for training camp. “We all want him out there. But again, there is really no timetable on it.”
The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback is entering his sixth season in 2017 and his health will be vital to the franchise’s success this upcoming season. Despite playing behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines, Luck completed a career-high 63.5 percent of his passes for 4,240 yards and threw 31 touchdowns to 13 interceptions.
“Andrew is healing tremendously,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said last week. “This (surgery) has been a positive thing, not a negative thing or anything like that. He was really struggling going through the process of being ready to play (for each week last season).
“This was, quite frankly, not that complicated of a surgery. This was a simple labrum repair. There are a lot of other things that could have been involved with this surgery that weren’t.”
Colts fans… Andrew Luck doesn’t want you to worry about him.
“It’ll be alright.” ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/XKqMCwK4gh
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) June 13, 2017