While the Colts’ management and coaching staff are preparing for free agency and the NFL Draft, their star quarterback is rehabbing.
Andrew Luck underwent surgery on his right shoulder earlier this offseason, and in recent pictures of the quarterback he’s still in a sling. New GM Chris Ballard has met with Luck, but noted that there’s no timeline for when Luck will return to the field.
“I did meet [with him]; I’ll keep that conversation between me and Andrew,” Ballard said. “He’s a great human being, as you all know, and the Indianapolis Colts are very fortunate to have him. He’s rehabbing. He’s doing everything the doctors are telling him. We’re going to go strictly on the doctor’s orders. He’s been there every day that I’ve been in the building, Andrew has been sitting there working and rehabbing and doing everything that he needs to be done. But we’re going to do the best thing for Andrew, we’re going to follow the doctor’s orders, and when he’s ready to go he’s ready to go.”
But as for a timeline? “No timeline,” Ballard said. “No timeline on that.”
When he underwent the surgery, the timeline was reported as being three months until he could start throwing again and six months until he was a full go. That would put his return at mid-July, probably in time for training camp but resulting in him missing most (if not all) of the offseason program.
So it still remains unclear whether Luck will be able to participate in any part of the team’s offseason program, but he’s hard at work getting ready to return as quickly as possible. Either way, the expectation is that Luck should be fully ready to go in 2017, and hopefully the shoulder surgery helps him be even healthier than he was before, as it’s an issue he’s been playing with in the past two seasons.