Luck watch is continuing this week, as Colts' star quarterback Andrew Luck has missed the past two games with a shoulder injury and his status is still uncertain for this Sunday's matchup against the New England Patriots. With that said, however, things are looking more and more promising that he will return to the field for this weekend's primetime game between the rivals.
Ever since the game against the Tennessee Titans, when the Colts say the injury happened, Luck has been listed as limited in practice, but he had not thrown during the portion of practice open to the media. That changed today, as Luck was on the field in full pads and throwing, just like it was a normal day's work.
The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder wrote that Luck was "running through what appeared to be a full, unrestricted workout with his Indianapolis Colts teammates." Colts.com's Kevin Bowen noted that Luck "looked full-go again today" and was throwing passes 20-30 yards downfield. The Anderson Herald Bulletin's George Bremer agreed, saying that Luck "did not appear to have any limitations in the portion of practice open to the media."
This is definitely good news for the Indianapolis Colts and their quarterback, and it follows up Chuck Pagano's report that Luck was a full participant in Monday's practice that was closed to the media. It would appear as if he was a full participant today as well, which would be the first time that he would be listed on an official injury report as such since the shoulder injury. So this is a very promising sign that Luck could return to the field for the Colts this Sunday.
The Colts haven't given out much information whatsoever over the past two weeks regarding Luck's status, and the same has been true so far this week - the Colts won't say whether Luck will play this Sunday. But considering all the misdirection the Colts have already given publicly regarding this situation, it's clear that actions speak louder than words. The good news is that, so far this week, the actions seem to be pointing to Andrew Luck returning on Sunday night to take on the Patriots.
UPDATE: Despite the fact that Luck was throwing during the open portion of practice, head coach Chuck Pagano said that Luck was again limited in practice on Wednesday.