Luck (shoulder) has experienced no pain in his throwing shoulder since he resumed throwing footballs, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports.
Luck has now been throwing footballs for about a month despite not doing so in front of reporters until June 12. It's a great sign that he isn't dealing with any soreness -- as that's a signal his lengthy recovery program is going as planned. With training camp not starting until July 25, the quarterback will continue his rehab in California, where Luck plans to meet with a group of Colts receivers for throwing sessions over the course of the summer. As long as his throwing shoulder remains pain-free, Luck will remain on track to suit up for Indianapolis' opening game against the Bengals.
Although Tuesday marked the first time Luck (shoulder) threw a football in public, he indicated after practice that he had been throwing a football for the last two weeks, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports. He also said after practice that he will "absolutely" play in Week 1 against the Bengals, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.
If what Luck says is true, this is certainly an encouraging sign that his arm has held up well over the past couple of weeks tossing around the pigskin. He still has a ways to go in his recovery, but a return to the public eye Tuesday at least provides some encouragement that he could be ready to start under center at some point during the 2018 campaign. The 28-year-old signal-caller certainly believes Week 1 isn't out of the question, and Jim Irsay's comment indicating he will have no limitations to begin training camp echoes that notion. However, potential fantasy owners should track Luck's progress during training camp for a better indication of whether that will come to fruition.
Luck (shoulder) was throwing passes with a NFL football in practice Tuesday, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports. It's the first time he's thrown a football since October 2017.
Luck made some progress during minicamp in late April by taking some snaps and handing the ball off, but this is a significant benchmark. He missed all of the 2017 campaign because of the shoulder injury after posting an impressive 31:13 TD:INT ratio in his fifth year under center for the Colts back in 2016. We'll need to see how his shoulder responds from throwing again, but it's now a lot easier to envision Luck under center for the Colts in 2018.
Luck made some progress during minicamp in late April by taking some snaps and handing the ball off, but the big leap will involve throwing a regulation NFL football in a practice setting for the first time in a long time. He missed all of the 2017 campaign because of the shoulder injury after posting an impressive 31:13 TD:INT ratio in his fifth year under center for the Colts. Luck still has four years remaining on his current contract with the Colts as he enters his age-28 season. When he does return to the field, not only will he have to develop a rapport with a new coaching staff, but he will have a bunch of new faces to get in sync with on offense. Indianapolis added Eric Ebron and Ryan Grant to the fold through free agency and Daurice Fountain, Deon Cain, Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins through the draft. Not included in that list is second-year back Marlon Mack (shoulder), who also has little-to-no meaningful reps with Luck.
Head coach Frank Reich indicated Wednesday that he anticipates Luck (shoulder) throwing during the hiatus between the end of minicamp and the beginning of training camp, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Luck took some snaps and handed the ball off during minicamp in late April, indicating progress in his recovery. However, the big test will come when his shoulder is tested for the first time. If Luck remains on track with the schedule, it wouldn't be surprising to see him participating in some fashion when training camp begins in August. Assuming he retakes command of the Colts' offense this season, Luck will need to develop a rapport with a number of new faces at the skill positions. Eric Ebron and Ryan Grant joined the club via free agency and Daurice Fountain, Deon Cain and Nyheim Hines were selected in the 2018 NFL draft.
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