Andrew Luck is not healthy.
The Colts quarterback, who underwent shoulder surgery this offseason, still hasn't returned to the team for practice. He's not throwing at minicamp. And he's unsure if he'll be ready for training camp next month.
On Tuesday, Luck did not sound like someone confident about his chances to be practicing during training camp.
After undergoing off-season shoulder surgery, Andrew Luck said today he is uncertain whether he will be ready for training camp next month.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2017
Chuck Pagano didn't exactly convey confidence either.
Pagano: Luck ready for camp? 'Am i hopeful? Am I praying?' Yeah, but there is no timetable.'— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) June 13, 2017
Don't be alarmed, though. At least not yet.
As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported, Luck was never supposed to be ready for minicamp. The hope has always been that he'd be ready for training camp.
From someone with direct knowledge of Andrew Luck’s rehab: The plan BEFORE surgery was not to throw in minicamp. Hope has been training camp— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 13, 2017
So, don't panic until training camp comes and Luck is still sidelined.
"Andrew is healing tremendously," Colts owner Jim Irsay said earlier this month. "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."
Irsay paints a simple picture, but the topic is more complex than he's letting on. As our Will Brinson wrote earlier this offseason, "Everything the Colts said about Andrew Luck's injury for two years raises red flags." Based on Luck's comments in April, the injury had been hampering him for two seasons. And so, we have every right to question how the team handled their star quarterback's injury.
Luck missed just one game last year, throwing for more than 4,000 yards and 31 touchdowns, but the Colts still stumbled, finishing 8-8 and on the wrong side of the playoff bubble. As a result, changes finally came to Indianapolis, with Chris Ballard replacing Ryan Grigson as general manager. So far, Ballard's been impressive throughout free agency and the draft. But Luck's comments on Tuesday provide another reminder that the team's fate rests almost entirely on his right shoulder.
It's a lot for Luck to shoulder. When you're a quarterback with as much potential as Luck, the standard isn't winning the lackluster AFC South. It's winning Super Bowls -- something the Colts have failed to do with Luck under center.
Meanwhile, here's one final important update from "Captain Luck" himself:
Dearest mother —— Capt. Andrew Luck (@CaptAndrewLuck) June 13, 2017
Basic training continues, but I am merely an onlooker as my sidearm is not ready for target practice. Frustrating.