Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has undergone shoulder surgery to repair a lingering issue that has bothered him for the past two seasons, Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Thursday.
Andrew recovering from successful outpatient surgery to fix right shoulder injury that had lingered since 2015. Will be ready for season!
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) January 19, 2017
Luck is expected to start throwing again in three months, and should be ready for a full return by mid-July, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
My understanding of #Colts QB Andrew Luck’s timeline post-surgery: 3 months to start throwing. 6 months for a full return. That’s mid-July.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 19, 2017
The Colts franchise quarterback began dealing with problems in his shoulder in Week 3 of the 2015 season, and the hope is that surgery will allow him to fully participate in team practices in 2017. Luck completed only half of the team’s 2016 regular season practices as a full participant, but was also limited by other injuries during the course of year, according to Colts reporter Kevin Bowen.
The fifth-year quarterback only missed one game this season due to a concussion, but was plagued by an ankle, elbow, and thumb injury throughout the 2016 season. The Colts know protecting their 27-year-old quarterback is of the utmost importance, and are expected to address their offensive line woes through free agency and the draft this offseason.
Only Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor was sacked more than Luck during the 2016 season, and after selecting center Ryan Kelly with their first-round pick in last year’s draft, offensive tackle should become their top priority.
Despite playing behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines, Luck still managed to complete a career-high 63.5 percent of his passes. He finished the season with 4,240 passing yards, 341 rushing yards, and 33 touchdowns.
Indianapolis failed to reach the postseason for a second consecutive season in a weak AFC South division despite the play of their star quarterback, and know offensive line is just one of the issues they need to try and fix this offseason.
Indianapolis’ defense has plenty of question marks as well this offseason, as they surrendered the third most yards and 11th most points in 2016. The Colts have needs at both inside and outside linebacker, especially following the retirement of Robert Mathis.