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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Jim Irsay: Andrew Luck will have ‘no limitations’ in training camp

Andrew Luck

The last time Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay made bold predictions about Andrew Luck, he could not have been more wrong. Let’s just hope this season is different.

Irsay met with the media following minicamp practice on Tuesday, and he was ecstatic to have Luck back on the field throwing passes. He told reporters Luck will have “no limitations” when training camp begins and that he has no doubts the quarterback will be ready to go in Week 1.

If you remember, Irsay said prior to last season that he expected Luck to be ready to play in Week 1. Luck ended up missing the entire season when his rehab from shoulder surgery did not go as planned.

Interestingly enough, Luck was throwing high school-sized footballs at practice on Tuesday. It’s unclear why he wasn’t tossing a regular NFL football, but he says he has already done so and that he “felt great.”

The important thing is that Luck looked pretty comfortable while throwing the ball around, which is a welcome sight for Colts fans.

Andrew Luck resumes throwing footballs at Colts practice

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts fans have been waiting the better part of a year for a tangible positive update regarding Andrew Luck, and they finally got one on Tuesday.

For the first time since before he was ruled out for the remainder of the season last year, Luck was spotted throwing passes at practice — with an actual football.

While that does not mean Luck has declared himself 100 percent healthy, it is one of the best signs we have seen in a long time. Apparently the footballs Luck was throwing were collegiate footballs for some reason and not “The Duke,” which is what he recently referred to an NFL-sized football as.

Some recent comments new Colts head coach Frank Reich made gave fans reasons for optimism, and it sounds like he had a good reason to make them. Luck still has a ways to go after unexpectedly missing the entire 2017 season, but his surgically-repaired shoulder must finally be feeling close to 100 percent.

Frank Reich says Andrew Luck is ‘real close’ to throwing football

Andrew Luck

NFL teams reported for mandatory minicamp this week, and we are roughly three months away from the start of another season. Yet, Andrew Luck still has not resumed throwing. According to his coach, the quarterback is getting close.

On Thursday, new Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich told reporters Luck is getting “real close” to throwing NFL-sized footballs.

It sounds as if Luck will ultimately determine when he will resume throwing, and he recently admitted he skipped some steps in his rehab from shoulder surgery last year and paid the price. He is intent on taking it slow this time, though fans are understandably nervous with training camp right around the corner.

The Colts want Luck to be ready to practice without restrictions when training camp begins, and some recent comments Reich made indicate they are on track for that to happen.

Chuck Pagano credits Andrew Luck for prolonging his time as Colts coach

Andrew Luck

Chuck Pagano was seemingly on the hot seat for many seasons before the Indianapolis Colts decided to move on from him, and he believes he would have been gone sooner if not for Andrew Luck.

Pagano was a guest on FS1’s “First Things First” Monday morning, and he had nothing but positive things to say about Luck. The former Colts coach said he believes Luck will be back to his old self in 2018, and he credited the QB with extending his coaching career in Indy.

“Everyone saw the picture of him on a bicycle from the Indy 500. He’s strapped, he’s ripped,” Pagano said, as transcribed by Matthew VanTryon of the Indy Star. “My wife, my three daughters, my granddaughter, they all thought he looked great. He’s in a great place mentally, he’s in a great place physically. I expect Andrew to be the old Andrew, to come back and play great football this season and beyond.

“Obviously he’s got a lot of work to do. He’s got to get back on the grass, he’s got to start throwing the football. He’s in a great place. I love Andrew Luck. He got me more years than I probably deserved. He’s a phenom.”

Until Luck is throwing actual NFL-sized footballs again, Colts fans are going to worry about his status. After all, team owner Jim Irsay insisted a year ago that Luck would be ready for Week 1, and he ended up not playing a single snap the entire 2017 season.

“Him not being able to play killed him. When you can’t be there for your teammates and you’re recovering and rehabbing, it kills you. Last year, it killed him,” Pagano said. “The great competitors want to be out there. This cat, he’s dying to get back on the football field. He understands, ‘OK, I’ve got to do A, B, C and D to get get myself back and make sure I’m ready.’ It’s the mental part, the physical part, he’s got to build chemistry with all the new guys on that team, he’s got to start throwing the football and he’s going to have to start taking some licks sometime.”

The Colts went 11-5 and made the playoffs in each of Pagano’s first three years with the team, but they were 20-28 over his final three seasons. Luck’s health issues had plenty to do with that, but it’s admirable of Pagano to say Luck was the reason he kept his job as long as he did. Based on what the Colts have said recently about Luck, they should have their starting quarterback on the field at some point this offseason.

Colts ‘not worried’ about Andrew Luck’s status

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck is still not throwing regulation footballs as he recovers from a shoulder surgery last year, but the Indianapolis Colts say they are not worried.

New Colts head coach Frank Reich expressed confidence in Luck when speaking with reporters from OTAs on Wednesday.

“No, I’m not worried at all,” Reich said of Luck’s recovery.

Luck says that he skipped some steps in his rehab last year from a Jan. 2017 surgery and paid the price. This time around, he is not going to skip the steps and is instead trusting the recovery process.

“I’m not going to do that again,” Luck said, via FOX 59. “I trust very much the people that I’m working with. More importantly, I trust myself in this process and I trust how I feel.”

The goal is for Luck to be ready to throw without restrictions when training camp begins in two months. The quarterback missed all of last season.

Top 10 NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidates

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The 2017 season saw an unusual amount of injuries to big names across the NFL, highlighted by several superstars who could each be considered among the faces of the league.

Now going into the 2018 season, most of those players are well on the road to recovery, setting up an interesting race for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Here are 10 potential candidates ahead of the 2018 season.

10. Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

Entering 2017, Greg Olsen had strung together three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and had established himself as one of the best tight ends in the game. However, a fractured foot early in the season caused him to miss substantial time and even upon his return, Olsen couldn’t seem to get it going. He finished the year with just 17 receptions for 191 yards and one touchdown in seven games, all of which represented career-low marks. Despite auditioning for a job as an ESPN analysis this offseason, Olsen has said he’s “committed” to playing football in 2018 and has since signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers. Now completely healed from his foot injury, Olsen should return to form this coming season.

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Andrew Luck still not throwing football in rehab

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck will throw a football again someday, but that day has still not yet come.

The Indianapolis Colts quarterback still hasn’t thrown the football as part of his rehab from shoulder surgery, according to head coach Frank Reich.

In other words, more of the same. The Colts have assured everyone that their quarterback is progressing well and everything is on schedule, and that they expect him to play this year. Still, it would be a nice breakthrough to see him throw a football. He hasn’t done it in a competitive game in roughly 16 months, so we’ve been waiting a while.