According to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is nearing his return to throwing. Luck is said to be heading out to Southern California to work with throwing and strength specialists Tom House and Adam Dedeaux.
After House’s Major League Baseball pitching career, he became a high profile football passing coach who has worked with many of the sport’s top passers.
Per Rapoport, “One source described Luck as ‘very close’ to throwing, which is a huge milestone for the franchise QB. That also means Luck does not need another surgery, which is good news.”
Currently, Rapoport said that Luck is “finishing up getting his strength back, sources say, doing functional work. He’s working on his motion and arm speed, key components as he attempts a recovery.”
Luck dealt with right (throwing) shoulder issues beginning in 2015 and ultimately had surgery on his labrum in January 2017. After announcing the surgery on Twitter, Colts owner Jim Irsay also said that Luck would be ready for training camp. Time passed, and a lack of fluid information about Luck led to tons of rumors and misinformation. He was not back in time for training camp — not even close.
In the fall, Luck finally began throwing in practice with the team, but after suffering some soreness and discomfort in his throwing shoulder the team placed him on season-ending Injured Reserve. Shortly thereafter, Luck headed to Europe to get away from the noise and do his rehab there.
Since returning, it’s been said that Luck physically looks like his old self again, which is great considering his weight loss following the initial surgery made him look much smaller.
This offseason, hopefully everyone can just take news on Luck for what it is and not run with small things here or there. Ideally, we all will hear something definitive on Luck in the next several weeks. However, if the Colts maintain radio silence, then what will be telling is what the Colts do in free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft.