Report: QB Luck 'very close' to throwing
About three months after he was shut down for the rest of the 2017 season with recurring pain in his throwing shoulder, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is "very close" to resuming a throwing routine, according to a report.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Luck is headed to Los Angeles to train with throwing mechanics experts Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, who have worked with high-profile QBs like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Eli Manning, among many others.
It's a sign that Luck won't need another surgery after spending time in the Netherlands rehabbing and getting soft tissue work on the shoulder in November and December. The report adds that the 28-year-old is working on his motion and arm speed as he finishes up getting his strength back.
Luck had surgery to repair a torn labrum in January of 2017 with the intention of being ready for Week 1 of this past season, but the QB didn't return to practice until October. Soon after, he began feeling soreness in the shoulder -- attributed to biceps tendonitis -- and was placed on injured reserve so he could pursue a full recovery.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Dec. 17 that Luck might need corrective surgery in January to address setbacks in the shoulder, a determination that could be made when Luck returned to throwing.
Luck met the media on Dec. 29 after his treatment overseas, saying, "I do not think I need another surgery. I'm on the right path, I think I'm on the right progression, trusting in that. So we're in the process of preparing to throw the football."
He added that he expected to participate in all football activities for the 2018 season.
Luck originally injured his shoulder in Week 3 of the 2015 season, then aggravated it in Week 2 of 2016. He played through the injury that season, missing only one game because of a concussion and throwing for 4,240 yards with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
The Colts signed Luck to a six-year, $140 million contract in June 2016 that at the time made him the highest-paid player in the NFL, based on guaranteed salary.
With Jacoby Brissett starting in his place this season, the Colts went 4-12, securing the third overall pick in April's draft.
--Field Level Media