Colts’ Reich: Luck throwing footballs again

The Sports Xchange

March 27, 2018 at 11:18 am.

Andrew Luck is working his way back to playing status. Photo Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Luck is working his way back to playing status. Photo Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

by The Sports Xchange

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has resumed throwing a football, head coach Frank Reich said on Tuesday at the annual NFL meetings.

Luck’s throwing of a football represents progress as he continues his recovery after missing all of last year following surgery on his right shoulder. He is expected to re-join the team when the offseason conditioning program begins on April 9, although Reich wasn’t willing to guess on Luck’s participation level.

“I really would like to take a guess at that, but I haven’t actually put my eyes on him throwing or anything like that or I haven’t gotten in-depth with him to the point of, ‘Hey, tell me when you’re going to let it rip,'” Reich said, per ESPN. “I just trust that he knows that.

“I think it’s good to kind of stay the course and then I think between Andrew and the doctors and the trainers they’ll know when that time is. That’s probably the best way to handle it.”

Colts owner Jim Irsay said that Luck “turned the corner” in his rehab on Monday.

“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.

Recurring soreness in Luck’s shoulder prompted the Colts to finally shut him down two weeks after he returned to practice on Oct. 4. The 28-year-old went on injured reserve on Nov. 2.

Luck currently is rehabbing on the West Coast by working out with a pair of throwing specialists.

During a prerecorded video of a team town hall function last month, Luck said he did not need a second surgery on his shoulder.

After appearing in just seven games in 2015 due to injuries, Luck was coming off perhaps his best overall performance in his six-year NFL career in 2016. He completed 346 of 545 passes (63.5 percent) for 4,240 yards with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also ran 64 times for 341 yards with two more scores.

For his career, Luck — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft and a three-time Pro Bowler — has completed 1,570 of 2,651 passes (59.2 percent) for 19,078 yards with 132 touchdowns and 68 interceptions. He has 286 rushing attempts for 1,442 yards and 14 more TDs.

Last season, the Colts finished 4-12 with Jacoby Brissett starting 15 games at quarterback. Brissett completed 58.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,098 yards and 13 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

The Colts are 43-27 with Luck under center during the regular season, and they are 10-16 when he does not play.