Andrew Luck
QB FA
Mon 3/26/18 4:12 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay said Monday that he believes Luck (shoulder) has "turned the corner" in his rehab process, Mike Chappell of CBS4 Indy reports. "All indicators are (the) healing is going really well and we feel really optimistic that he's turned the corner and has a full decade ahead of him of excellence,'' Irsay said.
EDGE Analysis
The Colts expect Luck to be present April 9 when they begin their offseason conditioning program. Irsay, general manager Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich all have relayed optimism in recent weeks, with Ballard saying he has no doubt the quarterback will be ready for the start of the regular season. Luck has been working in California with throwing gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, though the regimen hasn't included throwing actual footballs. Irsay nonetheless expects Luck to do some throwing during the offseason program, perhaps starting with voluntary minicamp April 24-25. The Colts added WR Ryan Grant and TE Eric Ebron in free agency, but they lost RB Frank Gore and WR Donte Moncrief. The team also has four of the first 49 picks in the upcoming draft, though it won't come as any surprise if the defense is prioritized.

Andrew Luck
QB FA
Mon 3/12/18 7:29 PM

Luck (shoulder) "is expected back in the building in Indianapolis this week for a checkup," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. "Everything is positive here and at this point, I know we heard this last year, but the Colts do expect him to be ready for training camp," Rapoport added.
EDGE Analysis
Luck's recovery will continue to be one of the most scrutinized in all of sports due to his mysteriously lengthy rehab from a labrum injury in his right throwing shoulder. Although he hasn't thrown a football since the first half of the 2017 season, his regimen has included "throwing balls that are heavier than footballs," per Rapoport. The upcoming examination could be a major checkpoint as Luck aims for an appearance on the first day of the Colts' offseason program April 2 and eventually readiness for training camp in late July. In the interim, though, he'll continue to work with throwing gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux in California.

Andrew Luck
QB FA
Wed 2/28/18 9:12 PM

General manager Chris Ballard is confident that Luck (shoulder), who is set to report to the Colts' offseason program April 2, will be under center for Week 1 of the regular season, Zak Keefer of the Indy Star reports. "Do I have any doubt that he's going to be ready?" Ballard asked Wednesday. "No, I don't."
EDGE Analysis
Ballard's comments are his boldest to date, and they're significant since he's been tempered in his expectations for Luck's eventual return compared to owner Jim Irsay and former head coach Chuck Pagano. The plan is for Luck -- who hasn't been cleared to resume throwing footballs -- to remain in Los Angeles training with quarterback coaches Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, specifically focusing on strengthening his shoulder and using a weighted ball to "shape his motion" in order for Luck to prepare for his impending throwing program. The expectation is that Luck will be throwing on a full-time basis by April or May. As long as he avoids any setbacks in his recovery, Luck seems to be on track to be of service to fantasy owners in 2018.

Andrew Luck
QB FA
Wed 2/28/18 2:39 PM

Colts head coach Frank Reich said Wednesday that Luck (shoulder) hasn't resumed throwing a football yet, but is "checking every box" in his recovery and will join the Colts on April 2 for the start of the team's offseason program, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
While Luck hasn't been cleared to throw a football since the Colts shut him down in October after he experienced renewed soreness in surgically repaired right shoulder, the quarterback did resume a throwing program earlier this month. It seems he remains in the initial stages of said program, as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported last week that Luck was throwing with weighted balls and had dismissed the possibility of a follow-up surgery on his shoulder. Reich's comments seemingly support the notion that Luck has incurred no setbacks and is progressing as expected, and more information regarding where the 28-year-old stands in his recovery should become available in April. Even if Luck is able to throw without any significant limitations during Organized Team Activities, expect the Colts to restrict his activity throughout training camp.

Andrew Luck
QB FA
Wed 2/21/18 10:48 AM

Updating a previous report, Luck (shoulder) has resumed throwing weighted balls rather than a football, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Considering that the weighted balls are heavier than the football, Luck's announcement Tuesday that he has ruled out the possibility of a second surgery on his throwing shoulder seems to have some merit. Now throwing for the first time since being shut down in late October, Luck's progress will likely be monitored extra carefully as the Colts aim to get him ready for the 2018 campaign after he was sidelined for all of last season. According to Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star, Luck, who is training in California with noted quarterback and throwing motion gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, said that his main focus at this time is strengthening the muscles around the shoulder to make sure he's capable of handling a full workload by the time the upcoming season starts. It remains to be seen if he'll rejoin the Colts for Organized Team Activities this spring or if he'll be on the field for the start of training camp in the summer.

Andrew Luck
QB FA
Tue 2/20/18 11:23 PM

Luck (shoulder) has started throwing a football and doesn't believe he'll need another surgery, the Indianapolis Star reports. "That ship has sailed in my mind," Luck said of the possibility of another surgery on his shoulder, "which is also a bit of relief now, if I'm not going to lie."
EDGE Analysis
Luck has been working with quarterbacking gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux in Los Angeles and is throwing the football and strengthening his shoulder. Luck missed the 2017 season after surgery last January to repair a torn labrum and was shut down in October after he began a throwing program. With his recent progress, Luck could be read to participate in Indy's offseason workouts in late April. Despite the progress, we may not know for certain if Luck can return until he's seen throwing in team workouts this spring or summer.

Andrew Luck
QB FA
Mon 2/19/18 2:09 PM5 Comments

Colts head coach Frank Reich said last week that Luck (shoulder) has yet to begin a throwing program, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
EDGE Analysis
Reich's comments confirm what general manager Chris Ballard announced a week prior; essentially, Luck's rehab program for his surgically repaired shoulder continues to move along slowly but steadily as he inches closer to throwing again. While it's expected that Luck will start a throwing program soon, there isn't any official timetable for that to happen, which puts his availability for the start of the Colts' offseason workouts in the spring into question. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Luck has recently been in California meeting with throwing experts, who have been monitoring the progress of his recovery.

Andrew Luck
QB FA
Wed 2/7/18 1:10 PM

Colts general manager Chris Ballard addressed Luck's rehab during a press conference Wednesday and downplayed that concerns about the health of the quarterback's right shoulder played a role in Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' decision to withdraw his acceptance of Indianapolis' head-coaching vacancy, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. "Let's talk about Andrew because there's a lot of rumors," Ballard said. "I'm going to listen to the doctors that he's talking to and dealing with, and I'm going to listen to the guy that is training him right now. And, at this point, we feel very strongly that Andrew's in a good place. He doesn't need surgery -- I have not gotten that from the two doctors that he's seen after the season. His strength is good. He's working on his throw motion and he's working on his arm speed right now. He has not picked up a football, but he's throwing balls, working on arm speed. He's not going to skip a step. ... He's going to do everything right to get himself ready to play. And I'm very confident -- he's very confident -- that he's going to come back and prove a lot of people wrong."
EDGE Analysis
After playing through an injury to his labrum since the 2015 season, Luck underwent surgery last January with the hope he would enter the 2017 campaign at full strength. That never came to fruition, however, as Luck made limited progress in his recovery in the months that followed before being shuttered for good in November after his shoulder responded poorly to light throwing. Following his shutdown, Luck headed to Europe for additional treatment, with the Colts announcing shortly thereafter that a second surgery wouldn't be necessary. While Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that doctors who have examined Luck still have concerns about the signal caller's shoulder, Ballard's comments suggest that at least within the organization, there isn't as much worry regarding Luck's outlook for 2018. Regardless, Luck will need to get back on the field and throw without discomfort at some point during the offseason before there can be any optimism that his lingering shoulder woes are firmly in the rear-view mirror.

Andrew Luck
QB FA
Tue 1/30/18 9:37 AM

Luck (shoulder) is close to being able to throw again and will soon travel to Los Angeles to work with noted throwing mechanics and strength gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
EDGE Analysis
Luck missed the 2017 season after surgery in January 2017 to repair a torn labrum. After doing rehab work in the Netherlands last fall, he and the team hadn't ruled out further surgery. It sounds like his return to throwing means further surgery isn't necessary. If Luck is able to throw it would be a significant milestone in his recovery, but he also started throwing in October and then was shut down. We'll need to see Luck go through normal offseason workouts and see him throw on the field before having any confidence he'll play in 2018 after several optimistic outlooks at points in the last year.

Andrew Luck
QB FA
Fri 12/29/17 3:46 PM

Luck (shoulder) has returned from spending the six weeks in the Netherlands working with a trainer but said he did not receive any injections or special treatment, ESPN reports. "I plan on being ready for everything, everything official, offseason, NFL schedule. I plan on being ready, Luck said.
EDGE Analysis
Luck said he was doing "rehab, strength training, soft tissue work" with a trainer in Europe and left the U.S. to focus on his rehab. He'll start throwing again in January but he and the team have not ruled out surgery if he's still experiencing pain. Luck, who had shoulder surgery in January, hasn't thrown since being shut down in late October. Luck has had similar optimism over the past year, so we may not know his 2018 status until he begins throwing and participating in offseason workouts.