For the first time since he was shut down for the 2017 season last October, Andrew Luck was seen throwing regulation-size footballs at the Indianapolis Colts' mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.
The Colts' Twitter account posted video of Luck dropping back and throwing a pass to the flats, along with the caption, "Another step closer."
As captured by Indy Star photographer Matt Kryger, Luck was throwing a Wilson TDS 1205, a standard high school football that has the same dimensions as college and professional footballs.
An NFL Network report last week said Luck was "unlikely" to throw during minicamp.
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Luck had not been on the field for the portions of Colts' practices open to the media during organized team activities in recent weeks, but head coach Frank Reich told reporters he had been participating in individual drills. The signal-caller spent much of the offseason with throwing gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, using weighted balls as part of his rehab.
The team has taken a very conservative approach in getting Luck healthy after the QB suffered pain in his throwing shoulder in his return to practice last October, nine months removed from shoulder surgery to correct an injury he originally suffered during the 2015 season. After the setback, he was shut down and missed the rest of the season. He spent a month in the Netherlands getting therapy on the shoulder.
Reich, general manager Chris Ballard and owner Jim Irsay have each said they expect Luck ready for Week 1 of 2018. The team's minicamp marks its final set of practices before training camp begins in late July.
--Field Level Media
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