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Andrew Luck was a full participant for the Colts today

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Colts head coach Chuck Pagano told the media today that quarterback Andrew Luck was a full participant in practice today - marking the first time he has been a full participant since suffering his shoulder injury.

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The Indianapolis Colts returned to the practice field on Monday since they didn't have a Sunday game this week, but it was the weird practice that had no media availability and no official injury report.  Teams aren't required to disclose that until Wednesday on a normal game week, so we'll have to wait for Wednesday for the full injury update.  But head coach Chuck Pagano gave one key piece of information today when speaking to the media: quarterback Andrew Luck was a full participant today.

Of course, what we don't know is what this practice was actually like or how intense it was, but regardless - this is a positive sign.  It's the first time since the injury that Luck has been a full participant in practice, as he has been limited in every practice since the Titans game.  With that said, however, Pagano wouldn't talk about whether he expected Luck to start this weekend against the New England Patriots, saying only that Luck is "day to day" - the same distinction given to the quarterback when the Colts first confirmed the injury.

This would have to be seen as a step in the right direction, however, as Luck was back on the practice field as a full participant today.  That's good news for the Colts' franchise quarterback, who has been sidelined the past two games with an injury to his throwing shoulder.  His backup, Matt Hasselbeck, helped lead the Colts to two wins but was sick last week - though Chuck Pagano said that he is feeling better now.  The team released their third string quarterback, Josh Johnson, earlier today.

Ultimately, it was a lot of the usual from Pagano - Luck "looked good," he's "day to day," and things like that.  But Pagano also said that Luck was a full participant, and while that can mean different things, it is without a doubt a good sign for the Colts as they prepare to take on the undefeated Patriots on Sunday Night Football this weekend.