It’s been a long road to recovery for Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who has been dealing with a lingering shoulder injury for more than 18 months.
Yet through the first few days at training camp this week, the Colts quarterback said he is finally pain-free.
“No pain,” Luck told the Indianapolis Star on Sunday. “Soreness, tiredness, for sure, and stresses are my arm that are different. (There are) stresses, shoot, on everybody’s body at this camp that are different.”
The 28-year-old quarterback missed all of last season after undergoing surgery on his shoulder to repair a torn labrum last January. And while he said the first few days were rough — especially the first workout on Thursday — Luck said it was nice to be able to get back into the swing of things again.
“The second day (it was) like, ‘Oh yeah, I remember that, I remember that,’” Luck told the Indianapolis Star. “There were a couple of throws that second day I felt very, very good about.”
Luck is expected to start for the Colts to start the season — though that was the plan last season, too. Reports after his January surgery suggested he would be fine for the 2017 season opener, but that date kept getting pushed back after he started suffering from inflammation in his shoulder. He was finally put on the injured reserved list on November 3, officially ending his season.
Now, Luck won’t be going full speed throughout training camp — at least not at the beginning. He participated fully on Thursday and Friday, but then did not throw at all on Saturday. He’s expected to compete completely in his first full padded workout on Sunday night, and then will take Monday off again.
But at least for Luck, he’s able to just focus on the game again. He’s not having to worry about simply getting through a workout anymore.
“It was fun being able to focus on getting better at practice, not just getting through practice and surviving – surviving to the next one,” Luck told the Indianapolis Star.
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