Colts’ Reich: Luck throwing footballs again

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has resumed throwing a
football, head coach Frank Reich said on Tuesday at the annual NFL
meetings.

Luck’s throwing of a football represents progress as he continues
his recovery after missing all of last year following surgery on
his right shoulder. He is expected to re-join the team when the
offseason conditioning program begins on April 9, although Reich
wasn’t willing to guess on Luck’s participation level.

“I really would like to take a guess at that, but I haven’t
actually put my eyes on him throwing or anything like that or I
haven’t gotten in-depth with him to the point of, ‘Hey, tell me
when you’re going to let it rip,'” Reich said, per ESPN. “I just
trust that he knows that.

“I think it’s good to kind of stay the course and then I think
between Andrew and the doctors and the trainers they’ll know when
that time is. That’s probably the best way to handle it.”

Colts owner Jim Irsay said that Luck “turned the corner” in his
rehab on Monday.

“All indicators are (the) healing is going really well, and we feel
really optimistic that he’s turned the corner and has a full decade
ahead of him of excellence,” Irsay said.

Recurring soreness in Luck’s shoulder prompted the Colts to finally
shut him down two weeks after he returned to practice on Oct. 4.
The 28-year-old went on injured reserve on Nov. 2.

Luck currently is rehabbing on the West Coast by working out with a
pair of throwing specialists.

During a prerecorded video of a team town hall function last month,
Luck said he did not need a second surgery on his shoulder.

After appearing in just seven games in 2015 due to injuries, Luck
was coming off perhaps his best overall performance in his six-year
NFL career in 2016. He completed 346 of 545 passes (63.5 percent)
for 4,240 yards with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also
ran 64 times for 341 yards with two more scores.

For his career, Luck — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft
and a three-time Pro Bowler — has completed 1,570 of 2,651 passes
(59.2 percent) for 19,078 yards with 132 touchdowns and 68
interceptions. He has 286 rushing attempts for 1,442 yards and 14
more TDs.

Last season, the Colts finished 4-12 with Jacoby Brissett starting
15 games at quarterback. Brissett completed 58.8 percent of his
passes while throwing for 3,098 yards and 13 touchdowns with seven
interceptions.

The Colts are 43-27 with Luck under center during the regular
season, and they are 10-16 when he does not play.

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