Colts GM acknowledges people will question Andrew Luck until he actually plays
Luck is still rehabbing from 2017 shoulder surgery
Luck had surgery on his throwing shoulder after the 2016 season and, despite optimistic initial projections from the team, did not set foot on the field last year. There have been numerous updates of his status over the last year and a half, almost all of them positive, but no real movement toward him getting back into the game.
The most recent development was luckagain at minicamp ... but even that came with the caveat that he threw a high-school football and had " " about throwing the NFL ball.
Luck and the organization are once again maintaining that he'll be ready to go for the regular season, but general manager Chris Ballard finally acknowledged that until Luck actually plays in a game, there are going to be questions about his status.
"Look, I've said this a few times: Andrew's got a process that he's ... and [we are] helping him go through, and it's just part of the process with stepping out," Ballard said, per the team's official website. "And, look, you've gotta get reps. He knows that, and he's worked his tail off to get to where he is right now. But, look, until Andrew runs out of that stadium and starts playing again, we're all gonna get the question. We accept that; it is what it is. We just kind of embrace where we're at right now, and we keep building on it.
"I know it's been a learning experience and a growth period for Andrew, and it's been a growth period for us, too, organizationally to help him through this and watch him go through this -- and help guide him through this -- but, look, a lot of credit goes to Andrew and the team of trainers and strength staff and people that he's been working with to get him to a point to where he is right now."
This, obviously, is correct. The Colts can keep telling us all they want that Luck is making progress. We've heard it all before. We need to see this guy get on the field before we believe he'll be back on the field. Hopefully, that happens sooner rather than later.
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Best bets include the Chiefs covering against the Rams and the Falcons running away from the...
With each passing week it looks like Oakland will have the first-overall pick in the 2019 NFL...
Get ready for football with everything you need to know about the Week 11 lines
The Eagles are being undervalued in New Orleans this weekend
The Buccaneers defensive end is looking forward to playing against his former team on Sund...
R.J. White has his finger on the pulse of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers