Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is one of two franchise signal callers in the AFC South looking to rebound from surgery.
For Luck, it’s all about coming back from off-season surgery on a shoulder that hampered him throughout a disappointing 2016 campaign.
While there’s still no timeline for Luck’s return to the field, Colts owner Jim Irsay provided us a relatively positive update on the quarterback’s status Thursday.
“Andrew is healing tremendously,” Irsay said, via the Colts’ official website. “This (surgery) has been a positive thing, not a negative thing or anything like that. He was really struggling going through the process of being ready to play (for each week last season).”
The idea behind this surgery is for Luck to avoid having to deal with the same week-to-week issues he dealt with last season. The interesting dynamic here is that Luck didn’t undergo surgery on the shoulder immediately following the season. This led to speculation that there was internal debate about whether he should have gone under the knife. It also set back his return to the field to training camp, at the very least.
For his part, Luck himself offered a less optimistic and more grounded view of his rehab.
“Feeling great. Rehab is going well,” Luck said. “It’s a long and patient process.”
First-year Colts general manager Chris Ballard did a tremendous job adding talent at positions of need this offseason. But the reality of the situation is that Indianapolis needs Luck at 100 percent to compete in the AFC South. Hence, why the team’s franchise signal caller underwent surgery in the first place.