Luck completed 21 of 31 passes for 179 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding two yards on four carries in Sunday's 21-9 win over Washington. Luck hooked up with Eric Ebron for a seven-yard touchdown on the opening drive and added a three-yard score to T.Y. Hilton in the fourth quarter. Hilton was his favorite target throughout, accounting for 83 of Luck's 179 passing yards. While this wasn't an exceptional performance by any means, Luck made the throws he needed to, and, most importantly, didn't seem limited whatsoever by the shoulder injury that forced him to miss all of last season.
Luck didn't experience any issues with his throwing shoulder or arm after tossing 53 passes in Sunday's 34-23 loss to the Bengals, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports. "I thought that was my best throwing day to date through this whole journey," Luck said Wednesday. "I do feel like [my arm strength] is where it needs to be. I've proven to myself that, especially in practice, that I can make those deeper throws." Luck admitted to feeling soreness throughout his body after playing a full football game for the first time since the 2016 season finale. The important thing is that he didn't have any issues with the surgically repaired shoulder, despite putting the Colts on his back in an effort to compensate for a lackluster rushing attack. Another hefty passing load may be in store for Luck in Week 2, though a road game against the Redskins should make things at least a little bit tougher from an efficiency standpoint.
Luck completed 39 of 53 passes for 319 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 34-23 season-opening loss to the the Bengals. He also rushed once for seven yards. Luck threw a red-zone interception on his second pass, but he bounced back beautifully. He led the offense down to the one-yard line on the next drive before settling for a field goal, then connected with tight end Eric Ebron for a 26-yard touchdown on the subsequent possession. Indianapolis failed to get much going on the ground without Marlon Mack (hamstring), and Luck failed to close this one out after connecting with T.Y. Hilton for a five-yard score to take a 23-10 lead in the third quarter. While the Colts came up short here, it was nice to see Luck look mostly sharp in his return from a shoulder injury that's kept him out since 2016. Luck also admitted today that his shoulder injury was exacerbated by a snowboarding accident in the 2015-16 offseason.
Luck is not listed on the initial injury report for Sunday's home game against the Bengals. Luck injured his foot in the Colts' third preseason game and missed some practice time the following week, but it never seemed like a real threat to his availability for what will be his first regular-season game since 2016. The 28-year-old quarterback will take aim at a Cincinnati defense bringing back most of the key pieces from a 2017 unit that limited quarterbacks to 6.5 yards per pass attempt and 23 total touchdowns (three rushing).
Luck (foot) is on the field Monday for Indianapolis' first practice of the regular season, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports. As anticipated, the foot injury that Luck sustained in the Colts' Aug. 25 preseason contest against the 49ers proved to be just a minor concern. Though the quarterback was held out of practice last week as a precaution, he'll likely be listed as a full participant Wednesday, when the Colts release their first injury report of the season. Luck didn't report any setbacks with his surgically repaired shoulder during training camp, leaving the Colts optimistic that he'll provide a major lift to an offense that cratered without him under center in 2017.
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