After nearly two years of uncertainty, Andrew Luck is apparently ready to get back on the field. It’s a moment Colts fans have desperately waiting for.
According to Colts general manager Chris Ballard, the 28-year-old quarterback is “good to go” for training camp, Ian Rapoport reports. He’ll be able to participate in practice without any limitations when the Colts open training camp on July 25. Luck will be kept from throwing seven consecutive days, however.
This news comes as a godsend to Colts fans. Luck underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in Jan. 2017. His recovery and rehabilitation process have been clouded by confusion and a number of setbacks.
He returned to practice in October of last season, raising the hopes of Colts fans and others around the league. But when he began to suffer inflammation in the shoulder, the Colts shut him down for the season and placed him on injured reserve.
It looks as if Luck’s three-year shoulder saga is mercifully coming to end, to the delight of the Indianapolis faithful. The Colts enter the 2018 campaign as a team that many expect to take a huge leap from last season. They finished 4-12 a year ago, good for third in the AFC South. Scott Tolzien started the opener, and Jacoby Brissett quarterbacked the team the rest of the way.
The division is shaping up to be a bloodbath this year, as Jacksonville builds off an AFC Championship game appearance. Tennessee’s young core gains a year of experience, while the electrifying Deshaun Watson returns from a torn ACL to lead Houston. With Luck back in the fold, Indianapolis slides right back in the playoff picture.
Luck’s return also thickens the plot in the Comeback Player of the Year race. He joins the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Odell Beckham Jr., David Johnson, J.J. Watt, Allen Robinson and the aforementioned Watson in their return to the gridiron.