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Colts plan to go slow with Andrew Luck’s shoulder

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Third- or fourth-string quarterbacks usually get lost in the shuffle during an NFL off-season, their low number of practice reps dwindling as the regular season nears.

This year’s backups in Indianapolis will be busier than most.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said Monday the team plans to go slow with quarterback Andrew Luck, who is recovering from January right shoulder surgery. Luck is expected to begin throwing in the spring, but it is clear the club won’t ask of him too much, too soon.

Luck remains on schedule for a full recovery before the season begins, Irsay said.

“We are not going to be rushing him,” Irsay told his team’s website. “We are going to make sure, obviously, that the shoulder has to be ready and the doctors are going to give full approval before he starts putting real reps on it and that sort of thing.

“This is going to be a huge benefit in the long run. We really feel that he’s going to be completely healed for the season and he’s going to have a great season. Chris (Ballard) and Chuck (Pagano) have talked and we are going to make sure, if we need an extra arm in camp, as we start doing our work, we will be prepared for that.”

In 2016, Luck threw for 4,240 yards with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 15 games. He also set career highs with a 63.5 completion percentage and 7.8 average yards per attempt.

That is despite some apparent teeth-gritting behind the scenes.

“I don’t think people realized how much he had to work to get ready to play each week,” Irsay said to “He really had to work hard last year, and it was very mentally draining to get ready.”


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14 Responses to “Colts plan to go slow with Andrew Luck’s shoulder”
  1. wolfmanpatriot says: Mar 27, 2017 9:24 PM

    I hope so. He has talent. Don’t break him.

  2. Indybear says: Mar 27, 2017 9:27 PM

    He will reinjure it trying to carry the entire team.

  3. trentdilfer08 says: Mar 27, 2017 9:32 PM

    Colts organization super intelligent!! Yes Go slow with the shoulder. BUT don’t worry about finding an O – line that does not resemble a turnstile…. Truly criminal if Andrew Luck never raises the Lombardi Trophy!!

  4. Anicra says: Mar 27, 2017 9:42 PM

    Man I am starting to think Andrew Luck will never live up to the hype and walk away very early with injuries.

  5. coltsreign says: Mar 27, 2017 9:55 PM

    I hope so because Luck is the reason the team has been competitive at all.

  6. joshhogan73 says: Mar 27, 2017 10:02 PM

    They plan to go even slower on pass protection

  7. sariff420 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:22 AM


  8. joeflaccoallday says: Mar 28, 2017 3:43 AM


  9. Bl00dwerK says: Mar 28, 2017 4:41 AM

    I hope he heals but I don’t hope he has a great season (Titans fan).

  10. palsgraf21 says: Mar 28, 2017 6:38 AM

    Poor guy is going to get killed on a crummy team his whole injury- shortened career.

  11. struckgold49er says: Mar 28, 2017 8:54 AM

    Man I tell ya, this guy is the Modern day Barry Sanders. He’s carrying his team like Barry did for Lions back in the day.

  12. kneedragr says: Mar 28, 2017 10:20 AM

    This kid took a lot of hits early in his career and people kept talking about how tough he is and how he doesent get injured. The worry now is – has he been spent up?

  13. ipeefreelyagain says: Mar 28, 2017 10:35 AM

    He won’t be the same again. Nor will Cam Newton after his offseason surgery.

    It’s never a good situation when your quarterback requires surgery to his throwing shoulder.

  14. wib22 says: Mar 28, 2017 2:51 PM

    Irsay probably wants more of those shoulder meds

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