Yes, the franchise quarterback was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp, but he emphasized there’s no reason to be concerned about his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery or his availability for the upcoming season.
“I will be better than I was coming into this, I know that. I don’t know what day it’s going to be, I don’t know what week, but I definitely will be and there’s no reason to freak out,” Luck said Saturday morning, according to Kevin Bowen of Colts.com.
The Colts opened training camp Saturday and anticipate their franchise quarterback won’t be available for much of the preseason. Luck would like to be out there with teammates, but sees a greater goal in mind.
“I love practice and I would love to be out there for every practice, every week,” he said. “I know that at some point I will be able to do that. No one wants to miss practice, miss training camp, but I’m confident that when the time is right for me and when I’m able to practice, whenever that is, that I’ll be up to speed and productive enough in games to give this team my best.”
Colts fans have seen this before. Franchise great Peyton Manning required offseason neck surgery following the 2010 season. The injury ended up sapping him of the entire 2011 campaign and led to his departure from Indianapolis the following year.
As for Luck, he revealed he’s been throwing for two weeks and rehabbing 10 hours per day almost every day of the week. He anticipates a return, but will not set a timeline.
“We are not going to rush it, to rush it,” he said. “I think that would be the worst thing we could do. The end game is for me to be better than I was before I was injured and I don’t want to put a date on that.”
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