In the final seconds prior to the deadline for teams to make cuts and to activate players off of the preseason PUP list, Ian Rapaport announced that Andrew Luck is in fact on the active roster to start the 2017 regular season. This is a positive sign for Colts fans in that it means Luck can return to the field at any time once he, his doctors, and his coaches determine that he is physically (and mentally?) ready to play in a game.
Colts QB Andrew Luck passed his physical at 3:15 this afternoon, allowing him to come off PUP list. Still unlikely to play Week 1.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2017
This move does not mean that Luck will be starting Week 1 or even that he will be back within the first couple of weeks. It does indicate that he either currently is healthy enough or will likely be healthy enough to resume practice with his teammates in the near future. If the team didn’t think he would be ready in the first six weeks of the season at minimum, there is no reason to remove him from the PUP.
This has been an ongoing saga. On Thursday, Colts Owner Jim Irsay indicated that Luck was not likely to play Week 1 against the Rams. Earlier in the same week, Head Coach Chuck Pagano claimed that he had not seen Luck throw a football and therefore cannot give fans or the media any idea as to how far along he is in his progress. The week prior it was rumored that Luck was throwing 30-yard finesse passes as a part of his throwing program. During the game broadcast for preseason Week 1, General Manager Chris Ballard suggested that Luck’s arm strength levels were better at that point than any time in 2016.
Needless to say, there’s a whole lot of talking that has been going on throughout summer, the training camp, and preseason regarding Luck’s health and timetable for a return to the field. No direct answers have been given on when he will return but this is a move that indicates that the team believes it will be sooner rather than later and allows Luck to resume practicing with the team when he is ready.
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