QB Luck on PUP list

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL/NFL -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — An­drew Luck’s sur­gi­cally re­paired right shoul­der will keep him out for the start of train­ing camp.

How much more time he’ll miss is still un­clear.

In­di­anapo­lis Colts Gen­eral Man­ager Chris Bal­lard told re­porters Mon­day that the team’s fran­chise quar­ter­back would go on the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list when play­ers re­port to camp Satur­day.

“I want to make this very clear: An­drew has not had a set­back. This is all part of the process,” Bal­lard said. “The longterm prog­no­sis is very good and that is very pos­i­tive. We are go­ing to fol­low the doc­tors’ or­ders and the process.”

Luck, the No. 1 over­all pick in the 2012 draft and the face of the fran­chise, had surgery in Jan­uary to re­pair a par­tially torn labrum. He did not par­tic­i­pate in any of off­sea­son work­outs and the Colts knew all along there was a good chance he would still be re­cov­er­ing dur­ing camp.

Bal­lard said Luck did not start throw­ing un­til last week.

The next step, Bal­lard said, is work­ing on his throw­ing mo­tion and re­gain­ing strength in his right arm.

Still, the Colts have avoided es­tab­lish­ing a time­line for when Luck will start tak­ing snaps or whether he would be ready for the Sept. 10 sea­son opener against the Los Angeles Rams.

The rea­son: Bal­lard doesn’t want to rush his best young player back.

“I don’t worry about when he plays or where he plays,” Bal­lard said when asked if Luck needs some pre­sea­son ac­tion. “Mr. [Jim] Ir­say and I have had some long con­ver­sa­tions about the next step, and the next step is prac­tice. Right now, he’s still fin­ish­ing up rehab.”

Luck was not avail­able Mon­day be­cause vet­er­ans aren’t re­quired to be at the team com­plex un­til Satur­day.

He has said the in­jury oc­curred ini­tially on Sept. 27, 2015 at Ten­nessee. Af­ter the in­jury, Luck strug­gled — throw­ing 15 touch­down passes, 12 in­ter­cep­tions and go­ing 2-5 and was side­lined for the first time in his pro ca­reer, miss­ing nine games.

Luck opted against surgery fol­low­ing that sea­son and re­sponded with the best sta­tis­ti­cal year of his ca­reer de­spite play­ing through sore­ness.

Coach Chuck Pagano did make one ad­just­ment — giv­ing Luck an ex­tra day off each week in an ef­fort to keep him healthy.

But af­ter en­dur­ing a sec­ond sea­son of shoul­der pain, Luck opted for surgery.

In­di­anapo­lis has four quar­ter­backs on the ros­ter: Luck, vet­eran backup Scott Tolzien, Stephen Mor­ris and Phillip Walker.

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