After spending considerable time in California working with noted QB throwing mechanics gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, Ian Rapoport is reporting that Andrew Luck is expected back in Indianapolis this week.
From our special QB show on @nflnetwork: Since we’re all talking QBs: An update on the rehab status of #Texans QB Deshaun Watson... and #Colts QB Andrew Luck is expected back in the facility this week after rehabbing in California with some noted QB gurus. pic.twitter.com/IAd4zpuqnS— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2018
While it is still discouraging that Luck isn’t throwing a football at this time, it is encouraging that he has been working with such highly respected specialists and throwing weighted balls to build strength in his shoulder. In fact, Chris Ballard’s careful and deliberate rhetoric on Luck has started to soften quite a bit recently.
In February, Ballard ruled out the need for additional surgery and also confidently proclaimed that he expects Luck to be under center Week 1 of 2018. He used the words “no doubt,” and for a man who has tread carefully about projecting his quarterback’s return, he has started to speak more in absolutes.
The Colts have announced that they will begin their off-season workout program on April 9th and Ballard already indicated that Luck intends to join the team in time to participate in the program. Having him back in the building and among his teammates should certainly build confidence for all of the players in the building and will likely feel really good for Luck as well, as he has been away from his team for such a long time.
We will continue to track Luck’s progress and provide additional updates as we learn about them.