The Indianapolis Colts returned to work today, and all eyes were on Andrew Luck. The Colts' franchise quarterback who missed nine games due to injury last year is looking to turn the page to 2016, but as he does so he needs to first make sure that he's healthy moving forward.
Luck today said that he's ready to go and that he is feeling good, but he also seemed to hint at the fact that he's still recovering.
"No, I still have some work to do, certainly," Luck said when asked if he's back to 100%. "That being said, you're always working to get better. You're always working to feel better. You're always working to be in better shape, to be more physically fit, so that's still a process. It's been a process that we laid down basically that first week after the season ended with our trainers and PT's and the coaches and myself. We said, 'Alright, here's the plan. Here's the plan basically until training camp starts and let's follow this plan.' It's been a great plan so far. I feel really, really good."
Today, the Colts' workouts only included conditioning work and strength training, along with rehab. It won't be for another two weeks before the Colts can take the field for individual and position drills, and then a few weeks after that they can do team drills. Before long, Luck will need to throw the football, and it's currently unclear whether or not he will have any limitations in doing so.
"I don't have to answer that question yet," Luck said, according to the Indianapolis Star. "Because we aren't on the field. I wish I had a crystal ball, I'd have all the answers for you."
It is very important not to freak out just because Luck wouldn't answer the question of whether or not he will have any limitations. Of course, you would think that if there's nothing to hide there's no reason to shy away from the question, but the Colts have really tried to keep Luck's health status a mystery (dating back to last year), so this is nothing new. In other words, we shouldn't make too much out of this yet until we actually see whether or not he's limited on the field. Luck did admit, though, that he's not yet back to 100%, saying that he still has some work to do to get into the best shape.
Here's an important note to make, as CBS4's Mike Chappell pointed out: Luck said his kidney is healed and "fine" and that his shoulder is "feeling very good." He also said that he participated in everything today and wasn't limited, which even though included just workouts, is still encouraging.
Unfortunately, we don't have much information as to what Luck still has to do, what the plan is that has been laid out, and whether or not he will have any limitations when the Colts do take the field. What is almost certain, however, is that the Colts will take it slowly and cautiously with their franchise player. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to push Luck faster than need be at this point with the season still months away, so it would honestly be a surprise if the Colts didn't take a very cautious approach with Luck. The quarterback seemed upbeat today and excited and optimistic for the 2016 season, and I don't think there's any reason - yet - for legitimate concern about his health moving forward. Luck said he's not back to 100% yet and it appears that the Colts may be taking it slowly, but it's nothing to freak out about at the moment.