Andrew Luck: Shoulder taught me to be conservative with injuries

AP

The Colts will not have quarterback Andrew Luck on the field during this week’s minicamp because of the calf strain that’s kept him out of action for the last few weeks as well.

Neither Luck nor anyone else around the team seems overly concerned about the issue. Head coach Frank Reich called Luck’s readiness for camp a “no-brainer” and Luck said that his experience with the shoulder injury that cost him the entire 2017 season taught him that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“Things can be stubborn sometimes,” Luck said, via the Indianapolis Star. “I certainly don’t feel as young as I once did, but am certainly also being conservative with this. It’s one of the lessons I learned from my shoulder. . . . A lot less anxiety in my life than before. I think [that’s] trusting myself, and trusting the process.”

Luck was just getting back to throwing around this time last year and trusting that process paid off with a trip to the playoffs after the 2018 season. This recovery feels far less daunting, which makes it easy to understand why the Colts aren’t sweating their quarterback’s role at these practices.

29 responses to “Andrew Luck: Shoulder taught me to be conservative with injuries

  1. More players should adopt this approach. To many players play through injuries and then blame the team when playing through the injury causes more problem.

  2. Colts have a long record lying about Luck’s fitness and lying on his Injury Reports. In April 2017 Luck admitted he’d been constantly struggling with and rehabbing his shoulder since injuring it in Sept 2015 v Titans. In the intervening time, and again thru 2017/18, his shoulder problem (and other serious injuries) are either flat out denied/lied over or repeatedly played down by Grigson, Pagano & Irsay. As well as lying on about 2/3rds of the Injury Reports that should have listed it all. Only since Ballard has the team been minimally honest.

    By contrast, Belichick was once fined for omitting a player’s cut finger (caused changing a car wiper blade just before practice). So he now lists every last twinge, however minor – and the salty mountain of hate cry about that too.

  3. What a tool. Dude is on the 2 year plan and rubbing it in on Durant. Maybe the NBA needs to stop with these 3 week finals. I mean….when does it matter…really

  4. eagleswin says: “More players should adopt this approach. To many players play through injuries and then blame the team when playing through the injury causes more problem.”
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    That only works for franchise QBs.

    Every other position, you’re only good if you’re available. Otherwise, it’s next man up and if he outperforms you (or is cheaper), kiss your starter role goodbye.

  5. For as much as the Patriots have won championships, although a couple with asterisks due to cheating, their fans are often on this site whining, crying and complaining. Bunch of sniveling, entitled, annoying crybabies.

  6. terrystown says:
    June 12, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Healthy Luck is i the conversation for the best QB in the league.
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    Best QB in the league? Based on what? The guy has never won a meaningful game. He’s the Antonio Brown of QBs.

  7. Eaglehaslanded !!! says:
    June 12, 2019 at 8:59 am
    For as much as the Patriots have won championships, although a couple with asterisks due to cheating, their fans are often on this site whining, crying and complaining. Bunch of sniveling, entitled, annoying crybabies.

    Witch are the ones won by “cheating”

  8. “What he has done with this team is really amazing”??? Yeah, it was really amazing when they were blown out by KC in KC! It was interesting how the current World Champs managed to win in KC though.

  9. For as much as the Patriots have won championships, although a couple with asterisks due to cheating, their fans are often on this site whining, crying and complaining. Bunch of sniveling, entitled, annoying crybabies.
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    The irony of saying Pats fans cry while crying about their championships is beautiful. Don’t you people ever get sick of drumming up dumb Pats cheating comments? The Pats win year in and year out because they are better, more disciplined, and are lucky to have the greatest coach and QB ever. Its not because they had a camera in the wrong location for one period 11 years ago or because some footballs were slightly deflated due to weather.

  10. Ever since the days of Dungy, the Colts have prided themselves in manipulating the injury report for their benefit. This is just the beginning of this season’s petty trickery. They will have the most players on the injury report on opening day and they’re not fooling anyone.

  11. “Eaglehaslanded !!! says: June 12, 2019 at 8:59 am For as much as the Patriots have won championships, although a couple with asterisks due to cheating, their fans are often on this site whining, crying and complaining. Bunch of sniveling, entitled, annoying crybabies.”

    It’s an article about Andrew Luck, not the Patriots, crybaby.

  12. Eaglehaslanded !!! says:
    June 12, 2019 at 8:59 am
    For as much as the Patriots have won championships, although a couple with asterisks due to cheating, their fans are often on this site whining, crying and complaining. Bunch of sniveling, entitled, annoying crybabies. Pot calling the kettle black 😂😂😂😂

  13. He’ll never be the same. And, I kinda feel bad he is part of such a pathetic, cheating organization like Indy, caught helping frame the Pats with Deflategate, similar to the Jets in Framegate I.

    The football gods have taken note and it’s paid off beautifully for those in NE with all these SBs Indy isn’t worthy of achieving as a paper tiger every year in a cupcake divison.

  14. streetyson says:
    June 12, 2019 at 7:22 am
    Colts have a long record lying about Luck’s fitness and lying on his Injury Reports. In April 2017 Luck admitted he’d been constantly struggling with and rehabbing his shoulder since injuring it in Sept 2015 v Titans. In the intervening time, and again thru 2017/18, his shoulder problem (and other serious injuries) are either flat out denied/lied over or repeatedly played down by Grigson, Pagano & Irsay. As well as lying on about 2/3rds of the Injury Reports that should have listed it all. Only since Ballard has the team been minimally honest.

    By contrast, Belichick was once fined for omitting a player’s cut finger (caused changing a car wiper blade just before practice). So he now lists every last twinge, however minor – and the salty mountain of hate cry about that too.

    35 32 Rate This

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    The Colts have been caught cheating with fake crowd noise, lying on injury reports and in federal court as a co-conspirator in Framegate II.

    Yet, nothing ever happens to them with Goodell. They’re a protected franchise because they’ve been considered a team to possibly take down the Pats for parity purpos$es.

  15. terrystown says:
    June 12, 2019 at 8:56 am
    Healthy Luck is i the conversation for the best QB in the league. What he’s done on such a crap team is actually quite amazing.

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    LOL! In what universe is Andrew Luck in the conversation for best QB in the league? He is barely in that conversation in his own division!

  16. patriotwayrules says:
    June 12, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Stick a fork in em…….OVERATED!!!
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    And you guys are the first ones to whine and moan when a fan of another team talks trash on a Patriots article. Patriots fans have no class and are the biggest babies in the world of professional sports.

  17. Look at all the Patriots fans coming on here to trash Luck and the Colts. What a bunch of whiners…should be pretty entertaining listen to what’s left of their fans the season after B&B call it quits.

  18. I still remember well the RG3 or Andrew luck sweepstakes.
    Funny how that all ended up going down.

    Meanwhile a little third round pick from Wisconsin…

  19. Eaglehaslanded !!! says:
    June 12, 2019 at 8:59 am
    For as much as the Patriots have won championships, although a couple with asterisks due to cheating, their fans are often on this site whining, crying and complaining. Bunch of sniveling, entitled, annoying crybabies.

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    Would this not be a textbook example of “crying and complaining”?

  20. It will be interesting to see how the Colts do this season. Their offensive line improvement last season carried them to their limited success, but then the Colts fired the o-line coach for some bizarre reason. Yes, I get that Reich was not involved in his hiring, but firing the coach who, one assumes, played a big role in the team’s most improved position group does scream “Stupid”! If that o-line takes a step back that could be a big problem. If the o-line maintains their level of play from last season, or improves, then the Colts could have an opportunity to win one playoff game again this year.

  21. terrystown says:
    June 12, 2019 at 8:56 am
    Healthy Luck is i the conversation for the best QB in the league. What he’s done on such a crap team is actually quite amazing.

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    Healthy Luck is certainly one of the top few QBs in todays NFL sure, but not #1.

  22. whywerule says:
    June 12, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    It will be interesting to see how the Colts do this season. Their offensive line improvement last season carried them to their limited success, but then the Colts fired the o-line coach for some bizarre reason. Yes, I get that Reich was not involved in his hiring, but firing the coach who, one assumes, played a big role in the team’s most improved position group does scream “Stupid”! If that o-line takes a step back that could be a big problem. If the o-line maintains their level of play from last season, or improves, then the Colts could have an opportunity to win one playoff game again this year.

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    Your point on the O line coach is noted. But overall it looked to me like they did improve the team this year. No Superbowl dreams, but still I suspect there will be a stronger showing than last years.

    Also, last year is tough to gauge at the finish. Sure they got buzz sawed by the Chiefs, but honestly that was going to happen to every playoff team not named the Patriots. It would have been interesting if the Colts had had to play through a bunch of the other teams before facing Chiefs or Patriots and how far they would have got. I think pretty far.

  23. Luck has certainly not lived up to his pre-draft hype and his #1 overall selection. He has not been the second coming of John Elway. That’s why many people view him as overrated.

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