Colts Still Planning For Andrew Luck To Return At Training Camp
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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s sounding more and more like those in attendance at Grand Park for the Colts 2018 Training Camp will get to see Andrew Luck’s first substantial throwing work of the year.
With the OTA portion of the offseason coming next week for the Colts, Luck has still yet to throw this spring.
Earlier this month, Chris Ballard had this to say about Luck when joining SIRIUS Radio:
“If everything goes as planned, we'll be ready to roll come Training Camp,” the Colts GM told Bill Polian, who was co-hosting on SIRIUS.
Physique wise, Luck continues to look ready to go.
Luck was working out last Friday as the Colts’ rookies took part in their three-day minicamp.
Unlike this time last year, Luck’s upper body looks much closer to his listed frame of 6-4 and 240 pounds.
Still, the Colts are continuing to be very patient with their franchise quarterback.
“Everything has been really, really good,” Frank Reich said about Luck’s rehab over the weekend. “Andrew’s on the field stuff that we are doing, just footwork stuff, and the classroom stuff, it’s great. He’s completely engaged.
“It’s obviously fun to work with a guy who has his football IQ, where we can go back and forth on the offense and the system. We are putting our system in and it’s a system that we brought here, but getting a lot of feedback from him, little tweaks to it and things that he likes. I really enjoy that side of it. I mean that might be 5 or 10 percent of it, tweaking the system or calling it something different that just connects to him better or sounds better, but I really think that’s the art of it. Just connecting with him on that level and then everything from the physical standpoint of what he’s doing off the field is going exceedingly well.”
If Luck does indeed refrain from throwing during these 10 OTA sessions upcoming, plus the team’s mandatory minicamp June 12-14, that is going to make for a very condensed camp and preseason for No. 12.
With camp expected to start around July 25, that would leave Luck a little over 6 weeks to ramp up his activity for the regular season opener (Sept. 10).
Luck would have to progress through his own individual practice program, while the Colts also wanting/needing for their quarterback to get acclimated with this new offense and some new personnel (in practice and in preseason game reps) for him to truly be game ready come Week One.
The Colts remain very confident in Luck’s progress, but the window for any hiccup in his rehab is all but closed at this point of the offseason.