Luck (shoulder) "is expected back in the building in Indianapolis this week for a checkup," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. "Everything is positive here and at this point, I know we heard this last year, but the Colts do expect him to be ready for training camp," Rapoport added.
Luck's recovery will continue to be one of the most scrutinized in all of sports due to his mysteriously lengthy rehab from a labrum injury in his right throwing shoulder. Although he hasn't thrown a football since the first half of the 2017 season, his regimen has included "throwing balls that are heavier than footballs," per Rapoport. The upcoming examination could be a major checkpoint as Luck aims for an appearance on the first day of the Colts' offseason program April 2 and eventually readiness for training camp in late July. In the interim, though, he'll continue to work with throwing gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux in California.
General manager Chris Ballard is confident that Luck (shoulder), who is set to report to the Colts' offseason program April 2, will be under center for Week 1 of the regular season, Zak Keefer of the Indy Star reports. "Do I have any doubt that he's going to be ready?" Ballard asked Wednesday. "No, I don't."
Ballard's comments are his boldest to date, and they're significant since he's been tempered in his expectations for Luck's eventual return compared to owner Jim Irsay and former head coach Chuck Pagano. The plan is for Luck -- who hasn't been cleared to resume throwing footballs -- to remain in Los Angeles training with quarterback coaches Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, specifically focusing on strengthening his shoulder and using a weighted ball to "shape his motion" in order for Luck to prepare for his impending throwing program. The expectation is that Luck will be throwing on a full-time basis by April or May. As long as he avoids any setbacks in his recovery, Luck seems to be on track to be of service to fantasy owners in 2018.
Colts head coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that Luck (shoulder) hasn't resumed throwing a football yet, but is "checking every box" in his recovery and will join the Colts on April 2 for the start of the team's offseason program, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.
While Luck hasn't been cleared to throw a football since the Colts shut him down in October after he experienced renewed soreness in surgically repaired right shoulder, the quarterback did resume a throwing program earlier this month. It seems he remains in the initial stages of said program, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported last week that Luck was throwing with weighted balls and had dismissed the possibility of a follow-up surgery on his shoulder. Reich's comments seemingly support the notion that Luck has incurred no setbacks and is progressing as expected, and more information regarding where the 28-year-old stands in his recovery should become available in April. Even if Luck is able to throw without any significant limitations during Organized Team Activities, expect the Colts to restrict his activity throughout training camp.
Considering that the weighted balls are heavier than the football, Luck's announcement Tuesday that he has ruled out the possibility of a second surgery on his throwing shoulder seems to have some merit. Now throwing for the first time since being shut down in late October, Luck's progress will likely be monitored extra carefully as the Colts aim to get him ready for the 2018 campaign after he was sidelined for all of last season. According to Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star, Luck, who is training in California with noted quarterback and throwing motion gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, said that his main focus at this time is strengthening the muscles around the shoulder to make sure he's capable of handling a full workload by the time the upcoming season starts. It remains to be seen if he'll rejoin the Colts for Organized Team Activities this spring or if he'll be on the field for the start of training camp in the summer.
Luck (shoulder) has started throwing a football and doesn't believe he'll need another surgery, the Indianapolis Star reports. "That ship has sailed in my mind, which is also a bit of relief now, if I'm not going to lie," Luck said of the possibility of another surgery on his shoulder.
Luck has been working with quarterbacking gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux in Los Angeles and is throwing the football and strengthening his shoulder. Luck missed the 2017 season after surgery in January 2017 to repair a torn labrum and was shut down in October after he had soreness during a throwing program. With his recent progress, Luck could be ready to participate in Indy's offseason workouts in late April. Despite the improvement, we may not have a real idea if Luck can return to an NFL game until he's seen throwing in team workouts this spring or summer.
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