Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck underwent surgery in January on his right surgery.
And while team owner Jim Irsay expects the league’s highest player to be a full go by the start of the regular season, he reiterated general manager Chris Ballard’s words, saying the team will not hasten Luck’s return to the field.
We are not going to be rushing him,” Irsay told reporters during the league’s owners meetings in Phoenix on Monday. “We are going to make sure, obviously, that the shoulder has to be ready and the doctors are going to give full approval before he starts putting real reps on it and that sort of thing. We really feel that he’s going to be completely healed for the season and he’s going to have a great season.”
Luck originally injured his shoulder and missed two games during the 2015 season, then aggravated it while trying to make a tackle after throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in Week 2 of last season.
“The surgery went great,” Irsay said. “The labrum, the bicep was pristine. There was no problem there. Things could not have gone better, up to this point, from a medical standpoint.”
The Colts will begin their offseason workouts the week of April 17, and Luck isn’t expected to take part in any of the sessions. It’s not surprising that the Colts are taking a cautious approach with Luck’s return. He avoided injuries his first three seasons before he started dealing with an assortment of them ranging from ribs, shoulder and a lacerated kidney that caused him to miss nine games in 2015. Scott Tolzien, Luck’s backup last season, will work with the first team until Luck returns.
Luck battled through his shoulder injury last season, playing in 15 of 16 games. The lone game he missed was due to a concussion suffered against Tennessee in November despite being listed on the injury report every week. Luck threw for 4,240 yards with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season.
“I think that last year was a bit more of a struggle,” Irsay said. “I don’t think people realized how much he had to work to get ready to play each week. I think this is going to be a huge benefit in the long run.”