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Andrew Luck will simply observe during mini-camp this week

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This shouldn’t come as any surprise whatsoever, but Chuck Pagano confirmed today that quarterback Andrew Luck will simply be an observer during the Colts mini-camp this week and will do no physical activity on-the-field.

So this confirms that Luck will not participate whatsoever in the Colts’ offseason program, which wraps up this week. Luck has been involved in meetings and in helping instruct players on the practice field, but he hasn’t yet begun throwing.

That means that he’s still quite a bit away in his rehab, and even when he does return to throwing he’ll be on a pitch count.

“The next step is getting him to the point where he can throw,” Pagano said. “And then there’s going to be, obviously, a number and a pitch count on that. And he’s going to have to continue to build from the ground floor up as far as that goes, so there’s really no telling but we’ll just listen like we always do to our docs and our trainers and listen to Andrew. He knows himself and he knows his body better than anybody else.”

If you’re hoping for a timetable for when that return will be, here’s some non-breaking news: the Colts still haven’t said disclosed any such thing. So we’re just left guessing and wondering and hoping as to when Luck might return.

Will it be in time for training camp? Pagano’s answer didn’t give any clue: “Am I hopeful? Am I praying? Yeah, so is everybody. We all want him out there, but again, there’s really no timetable on it.”

Again, not surprising, but we now at least know definitively that Andrew Luck won’t participate in mini-camp this week. That means that the questions will continue to swirl until the Colts report to training camp near the end of July, when we’ll see whether or not Luck is ready to go.