The Indianapolis Colts need Andrew Luck to be healthy for the 2018 season, but he’s still feeling discomfort, and so too is the organization.
Andrew Luck spoke to the media on Monday, and Colts fans looking for some reassurance are going to have to continue waiting. While Luck did tell the hoard that he was making progress, he is still not throwing footballs and stated that he’s “not a perfect feeling athlete.”
Luck, who has not played in an NFL game since Week 17 of the 2016 season. Since then, Luck has undergone a pair of surgeries on his ailing right shoulder. Last year, the Colts told everybody that Luck would be ready for training camp, then pushed that timetable back repeatedly until he ended up missing the whole campaign.
It’s one thing to be hopeful if you’re a Colts fan, but it’s quite another to feel confident. Luck is not going to participate in any of the OTAs and minicamps, and is hoping to be ready by late July for the start of training camp. Still, he has yet to throw a football in the rehab process, which can only make one wonder when, if ever, he will return to the player we once knew.
On a contract worth $87 million in guarantees, Indianapolis remains committed to the former No. 1 overall pick out of Stanford. Looking at the deal, the Colts could reasonable get out of the pact come 2019, although it would still be a dead cap hit of $12.8 million and a savings of just less than $15 million.
Hopefully, the 28-year-old can get back on the field and put all of his injury woes behind him, but that’s no easy task considering the history dogging his body.