Andrew Luck says this comeback is much different


Yes, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw a football yesterday. Specifically, a Wilson TDS 1205, a high school size ball.

But those tosses were just the ones people saw.

Luck said he went out and played catch with coach Frank Reich three weeks ago with “The Duke,” a regulation NFL football. It marked the first time he had done so since last October’s failed attempt to return from shoulder surgery, and he could tell it was different this time.

It’s gone,” Luck said of the pain, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “The pain is gone and it’s going to stay that way.”

Luck also insisted yesterday that he would be ready for the regular season opener, but after eight months since last throwing, and a year and a half from the surgery, it’s reasonable to be skeptical (especially after owner Jim Irsay’s promises a year ago which baited in paying customers).

But Luck said all the rehab and work he’s done this offseason has him in a better place, as he gradually increases his workload.

“A very different soreness,” Luck said. “I had pain last year (that) I wasn’t being honest to myself about. I was trying to get through pain, per se. There’s none of that now. . . .

“Absolutely. The feeling continues to go down, down, down. My arm feels normal. . . . Simply, I feel better. My dips after throwing . . . are much less. My body doesn’t revolt, in a sense, to new things. I trust myself. I push myself. We go hard . . . you might not see it, but I go hard. I feel like I improve and I don’t dip as much. (It’s not like) ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t move my arm for the rest of the day.’ It’s, ‘All right, when are we going (to work out) next? Let’s recover. Let’s move.’ And that’s different.”

And that’s what the Colts season is riding on.

17 responses to “Andrew Luck says this comeback is much different

  1. Well then. Let’s hope he doesn’t get planted on that shoulder right away.

  2. “And that’s what the Colts season is riding on.”

    I wouldn’t say that. With Jacoby Brissett having a full off season, including training camp, and pre-season. Along with the new coaching staff, I think the Colts would be far better than they were last season under Pagano.

  3. The headline needs the word “attempt” after the word “comeback.”
    Ill believe Luck and the Colts after he throws his first pass in Week One. Otherwise, these updates on his condition are just PR gimics.

  4. I’m sure after all this time Luck’s desperate to play, good for him. What I fear for him is Colts are also so desperate to see it happen that it clouds team judgement and they let him play too soon. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve over-pushed it and sadly I doubt they’ve learnt their lesson.

  5. terripet says:
    June 13, 2018 at 8:32 am


    Luck never had anything close to an MVP season when he was “healthy”. What would make you or anyone believe he would somehow be even better now that he has missed a year and a half?

  6. Andrew will give it 100%, but at this point, what is 100% and what is that NORMAL feeling in his arm, he speaks of? I contend he has no clue what is NORMAL, after such a layoff. Any good feeling is now a NEW NORMAL and only after real action, will he have any idea what’s going on in his arm.

    Personally, I think he will be in somebody’s front office before he is successful on the field. His pops may want an assistant. Or he could get an assistant AD job at Stanford tomorrow.

  7. All the best to Luck in his recovery. What an incredibly frustrating and scary experience this must have been. I hope nobody expects him to be all the way back this first season. Give him the chance to come back without pushing himself into another injury.

  8. Looked it up. A Wilson TDS 1205 meets the NFHS specs for 9th grade and up WHICH ARE THE SAME AS NFL SPECS. So either he wasn’t throwing a Wilson TDS 1205 or it was a regulation size football, just not NFL approved. Go ahead and down-vote me some more.

  9. nhpats says:
    June 13, 2018 at 9:23 am
    terripet says:
    June 13, 2018 at 8:32 am


    Luck never had anything close to an MVP season when he was “healthy”. What would make you or anyone believe he would somehow be even better now that he has missed a year and a half?


    You make complete sense. No one else thinks that. It will be a small miracle if he’s a shell of what he was, which was occasionally good at best.

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