Andrew Luck is throwing but he won't be playing anytime soon
INDIANAPOLIS -- Breaking news: He’s throwing again.
More breaking news: He won’t be practicing anytime soon.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will begin training camp this weekend on the physically unable to perform list, first-year general manager Chris Ballard revealed Monday. Luck won’t be able to practice until he’s removed from the list, which Ballard said he expects will happen at some point during the preseason.
“Andrew has to work on getting his throwing motion back, all his strength back, all of that is just part of the process that both his doctor and our trainers have set for him,” Ballard said.
The Colts’ veterans are set to report to training camp Saturday, with the team’s first practice coming Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Ballard repeatedly stressed that Luck has not had any setbacks in his recovery from January surgery on his throwing shoulder.
“We’re exactly where I thought we were going to be at this time,” he said.
“His weight’s back,” Ballard added of Luck, who slimmed down after the surgery and vowed to return to his playing weight before the season starts. “He’s starting to get all his strength back. It’s just a process.”
Luck can be removed from the preseason PUP list at any time and begin practicing immediately, though it seems a longshot he’ll play in any preseason games at this point. Ballard also noted that safety Clayton Geathers – recovering from offseason neck surgery – will begin the regular season on the PUP list. That prohibits him from playing in the team’s first six games.
Luck admitted in June it was the longest he’s ever gone in his life without throwing a football. He professed then – sincerely, it seemed – that he had not considered his availability for training camp, that he was devoted to the daily toil of rehab and hadn’t peeked that far into the future.
But now, as summer vacation creeps towards its end and the Colts return to work, no storyline carries more weight than the uncertain status of Luck’s right shoulder.
Team owner Jim Irsay has avowed Luck will be just fine, and that he fully expects his star QB to be on the field Sept. 10 when the Colts open the season against the Rams in Los Angeles. Luck, remember, underwent elective surgery back in January – “a simple labrum repair,” Irsay called it. The fact that he didn’t participate in the team’s offseason workouts or June minicamp was expected. Training camp, always, was the target for his return.
“There were a lot of things that could’ve gone into that type of surgery that weren’t involved at all,” Irsay told a town hall of Colts’ season-ticket holders in June.
Luck, all along, has pushed a “nothing to see here” narrative.
“It’ll be all right,” he said as the team wrapped up minicamp in June.
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