Jim Irsay this morning broke his Twitter silence and announced some news: quarterback Andrew Luck underwent surgery on his right shoulder.
Andrew recovering from successful outpatient surgery to fix right shoulder injury that had lingered since 2015. Will be ready for season!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) January 19, 2017
I don’t think this will come as a huge surprise to Colts fans, since they saw Luck playing injured in 2015 with part of those injuries involving his shoulder, and then seeing Luck limited on the injury report every single week in the 2016 season with a shoulder injury. The Colts did acknowledge that they were limiting Luck just trying to manage him throughout the season, but many thought that something was up. But all season long the Colts maintained that there really wasn’t much of a concern and denied that Luck would need surgery, and in December Jim Irsay even flat out said that there were “no plan for surgery, certainly not on his throwing shoulder.”
The Colts weren’t honest about an injury? Shocking.
Ultimately, this confirms what a lot of people suspected dating back to the 2015 season that Andrew Luck’s shoulder wasn’t quite right, and it means that he played the entire 2016 season with the lingering issue as well. That makes what he accomplished during the season even more impressive, as Luck played in 15 games and completed 63.5% of his passes for 4,240 yards (averaging 7.8 yards per attempt), 31 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions for a passer rating of 96.4. He had a tremendous season, and it turns out he was playing injured throughout it as well.
Hopefully this surgery is able to fix the issue and that Luck is healthier - and perhaps even better - moving forward.