Luck did not throw Tuesday, but his presence on the field and participation in limited activities nonetheless represents progress. GM Chris Ballard previously stated that the Colts' franchise QB will be eased along as he continues to work on "finishing up (the) strength part" of his rehab work. While there's not a firm timetable laid out for when Luck might move to working full-go, Mike Wells of ESPN.com relays that the team's decision to trade out of the No. 3 slot in the upcoming NFL draft bodes well for the organization's comfort level regarding where Luck is at at this stage. "We traded the third pick in the draft to move back to six," Ballard said last Friday. "I think that said we're pretty confident in where (Luck) is at."
Luck (shoulder) revealed Monday that he still hasn't progressed to throwing a regulation NFL football, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News reports.
Luck's statement contradicts a report from late March which stated that he'd begun throwing footballs. Regardless, he seems to be progressing on schedule, free of any setbacks since the middle of the 2017 season. The 28-year-old declined to share his timetable for a return to throwing, but he did emphasize that he has a plan in place and is hopeful to enter training camp without any limitations, per ESPN.com's Mike Wells. Monday marks the start of the Colts' offseason workout program, allowing Luck and his teammates to get their playbooks from the new staff, led by head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni. Despite losing Donte Moncrief to Jacksonville and Frank Gore to Miami, the Colts appear to have upgraded Luck's supporting cast with the additions of WR Ryan Grant and TE Eric Ebron. The team also owns four of the first 49 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, with plenty of cap room to add a few more veterans before camp begins. Luck admits that he still doesn't feel like his old self, but he expects to be better than ever when all is said and done, per Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star
Luck (shoulder) has progressed to throwing footballs as part of his rehab work, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports.
This would seem to be what Colts owner Jim Irsay was referring to with his Monday comment that Luck has "turned the corner" in his rehab process. The quarterback isn't throwing at full speed, but it's nonetheless a huge step in the right direction as the Colts prepare to begin their offseason workout program April 9. Luck is expected to be there, and he could begin making on-field throws to teammates at voluntary minicamp April 24-25. He'll be directing an Indianapolis offense that added Ryan Grant and Eric Ebron but lost Frank Gore and Donte Moncrief. More help should be coming in the draft, as the Colts own four of the first 49 picks.
Colts owner Jim Irsay said Monday that he believes Luck (shoulder) has "turned the corner" in his rehab process, Mike Chappell of CBS4 Indy reports. "All indicators are (the) healing is going really well and we feel really optimistic that he's turned the corner and has a full decade ahead of him of excellence,'' Irsay said.
The Colts expect Luck to be present April 9 when they begin their offseason conditioning program. Irsay, general manager Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich all have relayed optimism in recent weeks, with Ballard saying he has no doubt the quarterback will be ready for the start of the regular season. Luck has been working in California with throwing gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, though the regimen hasn't included throwing actual footballs. Irsay nonetheless expects Luck to do some throwing during the offseason program, perhaps starting with voluntary minicamp April 24-25. The Colts added WR Ryan Grant and TE Eric Ebron in free agency, but they lost RB Frank Gore and WR Donte Moncrief. The team also has four of the first 49 picks in the upcoming draft, though it won't come as any surprise if the defense is prioritized.
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.
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