Andrew Luck ready to throw a football again

Zak Keefer
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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck spent more than a month in The Netherlands seeking alternative treatments for his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder.

The Indianapolis Colts’ franchise quarterback is ready to throw a football again.

Andrew Luck, four weeks after returning from a month-long trip to the Netherlands, is set to begin the next phase of his recovery, and will soon head out to Los Angeles to begin a throwing regimen. He’ll work with throwing experts Tom House and Adam Dedeaux at the 3DQB Clinic, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that was confirmed by a league source.

House has previously worked with some of the top quarterbacks in football, including Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan. Brees has offered heavy praise of House, whom he turned to after a total shoulder repair in 2006.

Luck spent the end of November and nearly all of December seeking alternative treatments in Europe, chasing answers to the surgically-repaired throwing shoulder that refused to heal in time to allow him to play football last fall. After practicing for two weeks in October, a lingering soreness sent Luck back to the sideline. He was put on the injured reserve list on Nov. 2, his season over without ever taking a snap.

Luck returned from the trip after Christmas, noticeably stronger, refreshed and confident.

“The pain has significantly gone down and that’s why I feel so optimistic about the process,” Luck said on Dec. 29. He has continued rehabbing in Indianapolis since his return from overseas.

The expectation is that Luck will participate in all of the Colts’ offseason workouts. Those begin in late April with organized team activities.

In late December, Luck said then there was no plan for a second surgery, and the league source confirmed as much Tuesday. But as this injury has taught us, nothing is certain until Luck returns to the field in a full-time capacity. That can't really happen until August, when the Colts are in the midst of training camp.

An indication could arrive in June, when the team holds a three-day minicamp. Full participation from Luck then would indicate he'll be ready to go for the 2018 opener.

“I’ve never entertained the thoughts of (this being career-ending),” Luck said then. “I don’t think that at all, at all.”

It’s now been 12 long months since Luck originally went under the knife and had the labrum in his throwing shoulder repaired. All told, he’s missed 26 of the team’s last 48 games dating back to 2015. It’s no coincidence Colts haven’t made the playoffs since the 2014 season.

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