Chuck Pagano not sure if Andrew Luck will be ready for training camp

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck underwent shoulder surgery this offseason to repair damage he suffered all the way back in 2015, and he’s still not able to throw as minicamp opens. There is still no timetable for his return, either.

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano detailed what needs to happen once that occurs.

“Colts coach Chuck Pagano said the next step for QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) is getting to the point where he can throw,” wrote Mike Wells of ESPN. “Then he’ll have a pitch count to build from the ground up. Still no set timetable on when Luck will throw.”

When asked if Luck will be ready to throw by training camp, Pagano didn’t have an answer.

If the Colts have any chance of making it to the playoffs, they are 100 percent dependent on Andrew Luck. He’s their golden ticket — a ticket that’s been balled up, kicked around and stepped on the past few years as the team failed to provide adequate protection for its young gunslinger.

Because he’s a veteran and is coming back into a system he knows, it’s not the worst thing in the world for Luck to miss minicamp. Heck, even if he misses a few training camp practices, both he and the offense should be fine. But if this shoulder issue lingers into the middle of training camp and preseason games, it’s going to be a problem, at least in the short term.