Earlier today, Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted out an update on quarterback Andrew Luck, saying that Luck underwent successful shoulder surgery. Irsay also mentioned that Luck “will be ready for [the] season,” and with the season still being several months away that led some to wonder just how long he would be out.
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport provided an update on Luck’s recovery period, saying that it will be three months until he can start throwing again and six months until he’s fully recovered.
My understanding of #Colts QB Andrew Luck’s timeline post-surgery: 3 months to start throwing. 6 months for a full return. That’s mid-July.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 19, 2017
That puts his full recovery at a mid-July timetable, which means that he probably won’t be a full participant in offseason workouts and probably will in fact miss completely at least a portion of them. That’s ultimately not a huge deal, since Luck is entering year six, will (likely) be sticking with the same offensive system, and is coming off of a great year. It’s not imperative for Luck to be a participant in the offseason program, and it’s better for the Colts and Luck to take care of the issue now than to let it linger. So they’re doing the right thing, but it seems the timetable is more than just a minor injury.
We’ll continue to monitor how much Luck does throughout the offseason and then of course as we enter training camp, but the hope is that this surgery has truly taken care of the issue and that Luck won’t have to be limited by the issue moving forward once he’s recovered. That won’t be for another six months, but hopefully after that Luck will truly be ready to go as a full participant moving forward.