Last season, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck missed nine games due to various injuries, amounting to a very rough year overall. He rehabbed those injuries, though there was some controversy and concern earlier this offseason about whether he was fully healthy.
The more recent indications have all been that he truly is ready to go, and the latest one is the strongest: Luck is working with no limitations as the Colts begin OTAs. Head coach Chuck Pagano indicated as much in his press conference on Tuesday, and Luck himself confirmed it when speaking to the media. He's working with no limitation and has participated in every drill during practice.
With that said, however, Pagano made it clear that the Colts will continue to monitor the situation (just like they do with every player) and are willing to give Luck some time off or some limitations if need be.
"We're going to be very, very smart with how we handle all of these guys, and so our trainers do a great job," Pagano said. "Dave Hammer and Erin Barill and Kyle [Davis] and the rest do a phenomenal job of communicating with us, and the players do a great job job of communicating with them so we're all on the same page. If anybody comes in and those guys communicate with us and we have to put somebody on a pitch count, if you will, for whatever reason, obviously we'll do that."
So far, so good for Andrew Luck though, and Pagano said he's just "really, really happy to be back on the football field and playing football." The coach also talked about how Luck looks while on the field, and that too is a positive report.
"He looks really good," Pagano said. "I think he's in a good place, and like everybody else he's learning right now and he's working on his fundamentals and his techniques and his comeback, and he obviously looked at himself and the body of work that he had. I know he missed a lot of time, but he's done a great job and he's progressing like everybody else."
For all of those concerns about Andrew Luck's health, it appears as if the quarterback has truly put those injuries behind him as he works toward a bounceback 2016 campaign.