Frank Reich: Andrew Luck is “real close” to throwing footballs

AP

A year and a half after shoulder surgery, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck should actually throw a football soon.

Asked today when Luck will throw a football, Colts coach Frank Reich said, “I think we’re real close.”

Reich is a former NFL quarterback but he said he hasn’t experienced a shoulder injury like the one Luck is rehabbing from and doesn’t want Luck to throw until he’s ready.

“I’ve never been through what he’s been through. I could sit here and say what I think but it’s gotta come from down in here,” Reich said, pointing to his heart. “There’s an instinct as a player, that you know when you’re ready to go, and you keep testing it and testing it, and you work with the people you’re working [with], and you trust your instinct when you’re ready to go.”

The Colts are hoping Luck is ready to go soon. Despite the long, long wait for him to throw, the team has indicated he will be ready to play Week One.

54 responses to “Frank Reich: Andrew Luck is “real close” to throwing footballs

  1. For seemingly fifteen years now I’ve been reading headlines like “Luck is Coming Along”, “Luck Looks Good”, “Luck is Getting Close”, and I don’t read ANY of them because the headline says it all: He isn’t healthy yet.

    I’ll pay attention when the kid actually suits up and plays again.

  2. I also…. Am real close to dating supermodels. Been that way all my life.

  3. I think he meant to say, Luck was standing real close to someone who can throw a football. If the Colts would invest in the O-line Luck wouldn’t have been a tackling dummy, this organization did not protect their best asset!

  4. I hope he fully recovers and plays this season. It would be great to see the colts competitive again.

  5. Wasn’t he supposed to “for sure” be ready to start camp in 2017? He may never throw an NFL pass again.

    It’s too bad his career was ruined by Indy

  6. poor frank. everyone knows the key to winning and therefore success and tenure as a head coach in the nfl is qb talent. if luck is done and they dont admit it, they’ll never get a suitable replacement. meaning we are looking at 2 years of frank reich going 3-13 if lucky with that division, then the colts firing him and drafting a qb and new head coach to go along with it.

  7. After all the statements about he is looking good Im glad to hear he is going to try throwing again.

    Of course if he hasn’t been throwing then I am not sure what the previous statements were based on. Maybe ‘looking good’ was a typo they meant to say he was good looking. He is indeed a handsome man so that does make sense.

  8. Luck will have more success learning to throw left handed than coming back from this. He’s done!

  9. 700levelvet says:

    June 7, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I also…. Am real close to dating supermodels. Been that way all my life.
    ——————-
    You win the internet!!!! lol

  10. Can’t wait to see which QB the Colts tank for and then destroy next. Definitely the team I’d listen to about whether an opposing QB must have been cheating because he could throw a pass without screaming.

  11. Shame on them for not trading up for a qb. Not throwing yet and it’s been over a year.

    Not promising for his future.

  12. I have to laugh at all the comments how the Colts ruined Luck’s career. The Colts paid him a lot of money to play QB. A position that he played like a LB. It’s a violent game and injuries are a big part of it. It falls as much on Luck as it does on the Colts.

  13. I love all the stories/comments about Luck still not throwing. They have said on multiple occasions that his rehab program will have him begin throwing between minicamp and training camp. Sure, something negative could happen then but the fact is that HE’S NOT GOING TO START THROWING UNTIL AFTER MINICAMP.

    Keep making a big deal that he’s not throwing now though. They’ll probably change his program to make you feel better.

  14. Maybe Kizer will have competition for the Int title after all.

  15. Joe Zielinski says:
    June 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm
    I have to laugh at all the comments how the Colts ruined Luck’s career. The Colts paid him a lot of money to play QB. A position that he played like a LB. It’s a violent game and injuries are a big part of it. It falls as much on Luck as it does on the Colts.

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    Because if they had ever bothered to give him some decent protection he would not have had to play the position like a lb.

  16. If he were a firefighter who fell 4 stories and had been undergoing 2 years of phys rehab, this would be great news

    For an NFL QB, being almost able to stand still with no pressure and technically “throw a ball,” that sounds like pretty dismal news.

  17. luck is Done..even if he comes back.he’ll (be on pup list to start season ) sorry Colt fans.! he’s only one sack away on that shoulder side and he”ll have to retire! Colts ruined this guy !!he had the unfortunate opportunity of being drafted by Irsay & Co..probably would’ve been better off in Cleveland !!

  18. longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm
    Shame on them for not trading up for a qb. Not throwing yet and it’s been over a year.
    Not promising for his future.
    ————————————————————————

    This is interesting, because they had the #3 pick before trading down.
    It turns out they could have had Darnold at #3 if they kept the pick.
    This may come back to haunt them if Luck doesn’t GET….. and STAY healthy.

  19. The Truth says:
    June 7, 2018 at 3:20 pm
    @xavier179

    Go play some catch with Julian PEDelman


    Awe..poor baby are you a Colts fan and you already know they are going to suck again this season

  20. Sure. Everything is fine. He hasn’t thrown a football in 18 months. Heard all this stuff last year. What happened? Not looking good for Luck. His luck ran out.

  21. You know your football team is in serious trouble when your starting quarterback is “almost” ready to throw the ball.

    Didnt take long for Suck 4 Luck to turn into Suck with Luck.

    Most over rated, overhyped overpaid qb in NFL history.

    Franks gonna miss Wentz and Foles. Going from a SuperBowl winning backup qb to a starter that cant even throw the ball may have been a poor decision.

  22. Until I see it, I don’t believe he is ever playing again. If he hasn’t thrown a football in 15 months and still isn’t able to do it – boy that’s scary. Wouldn’t be surprised if he does start to throw in training camp he has a “setback” with a sore shoulder…

    As a football fan and a decent human being I am rooting for Luck to come back and be able to continue his career. Grigson really screwed the pooch on this one.

  23. He’s also “real close” to being an epic bust and never playing again. Passing on a QB in the 1st round in this draft will be a disaster for the Colts.

  24. I have been following football long enough to note the obvious, Nick Foles is going to Indy, either for a first round pick this year or FA next. It makes too much sense.

  25. davemishsr says:
    June 7, 2018 at 3:01 pm
    I’m real close to drafting Jacoby Brissett on my fantasy team. Andrew Luck? Not so much.

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    I might grab him too. He is a good player who has been steadily improving and has yet to find his ceiling. Hard worker too so Im sure he spent this off season sharpening himself. One very real scenario is that Luck never returns but the Colts are fine because Brisette starts leading them on deep playoff runs. They have also been (finally!) making smart decisions about building a team around their qb so Brisette will have a better deal to work with. And if he started lighting it up as the season goes on the guys that grabbed him on the cheap are gonna make out.

  26. Unlike the roided up receiver in Boston, Luck will be on the field week 1. Luck will be comeback POY and short list for MVP consideration this season.

  27. Drew Lock is gonna wish he entered the 2018 draft…just think, Indy will only have to change a few letters around.

  28. I think he meant that Andrew Luck was standing next to someone who was actually throwing footballs.

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