Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard met with media on Friday in advance of the start of the team’s training camp opening next Thursday, and offered updates on players who have been rehabbing from injuries.
Including, of course, quarterback Andrew Luck.
And what he said was music to Colts fans’ ears.
‘Good to go’
Via tweets from multiple reporters, Ballard said Luck will be “good to go” for training camp, and will not begin camp on the physically unable to perform list. Luck will take some days off, but will not be limited when he’s on the field.
We’re still a little more than seven weeks away from the first game of the regular season and a lot can happen between now and then, but it’s the clearest sign yet that Luck’s shoulder problems are a thing of the past.
Luck’s progress hasn’t always been forward progress
The 28-year-old Luck first injured his shoulder during the 2015 season, but did not undergo surgery until 16 months ago, and missed all of the 2017 season. He suffered a setback in his rehab, and his comeback since then has been intentionally slow and deliberate.
He finally threw a “real” football during the Colts’ mini-camp in June, throwing some short passes in front of cameras as he continued to rebuild his shoulder strength.
Clearly, though, those 10 throws last month were an important step, and Luck has continued progressing in the right direction.
Patience was a virtue
In a candid interview in April, Luck talked about his rehab and how at times he was his own worst enemy.
“One of the things I’ve learned about myself is that I’m quite impatient as a person,” Luck said at the time. “And it’s gotten me into places, looking back at the rehab, that maybe I shouldn’t have been in in the first place. So, I don’t want to repeat those, maybe missteps. I cannot skip steps. I very, very strongly believe in that. Some things just take time.
“When I do get the urge to do something silly, I talk to myself and say, ‘It’s not worth it right now.'”
He also admitted to reporters that some of the problems he incurred in his comeback were self-induced.
“If you look back – I don’t want to get into ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’ – but I’ve learned from the point of the injury on,” he said. “If it ever happened again, maybe this is how I would handle it. There are certain things that I wish I would have handled differently.
“If it sounds like I’m saying it’s my fault, I’m not going to argue with you on it. I’m also not whipping myself across the back for anything that I’ve done.”
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