It was a rough season for Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, as he missed nine games due to injury and struggled when he was on the field. The most significant injury was the one that caused him to miss the final seven games of the year, as he suffered a torn lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle in the team's win over the Denver Broncos.
The Colts held out hope that Luck would be able to return before the 2015 season was over, and he did get back to practice but never was healthy enough to return to a game. Owner Jim Irsay previously mentioned that the quarterback likely would have been healthy enough to play in the postseason had the Colts made it, but that didn't happen.
Today, Irsay told CBS4's Mike Chappell that Luck is healed from the kidney injury and would have been able to play this week for sure. "He's good to go. He's healed,'' Irsay said. "He's really looking forward to a great offseason and getting ready (for 2016). If we were playing in the Super Bowl, he'd be ready, let's put it that way.''
It's good news to hear that the Colts' quarterback is healthy and is already focusing on getting better for 2016, as last year was a tough one for him. He completed just 55.3% of his passes for 1,881 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions during his time on the field, finishing as the third-lowest rated quarterback in the NFL this season as he struggled through injuries (such as to his shoulder, ribs, abdomen, and kidney).
Moving forward, the Colts are hopeful to get a long-term deal done with Luck this offseason to lock him up for several more seasons with the Colts. Irsay acknowledged that there haven't been too many serious negotiations yet with Luck, but the owner feels there is a "good chance" that the two sides work something out this year. That's good news, as is the fact that Luck is now healthy and would have been ready to go. As the focus shifts to 2016 and to improving to try to get back on track, it's good to hear that Luck should be fully healthy.