After missing all of the 2017 season following shoulder surgery, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is finally tossing the pigskin again.
We don’t have pictures, we don’t have video, but we do have the word of head coach Frank Reich. Reich, who took the job after Josh McDaniels backed out at the last moment, says that Andrew Luck is throwing a football, although the process remains a long one.
So what does all of this mean for the Colts? Well, it means Luck can throw a football, but we still don’t know when he is actually going to step on a field with pads and hit some receivers in stride. It would be nothing short of shocking to see him before training camp, which would mean that OTAs and minicamp is out of the question.
There was also the story of Jacoby Brissett being at the center of two trade offers towards Indianapolis, and general manager Chris Ballard declining. Perhaps Ballard didn’t feel he was getting the necessary compensation, and perhaps he feels Brissett is a nice asset as a good backup quarterback on a rookie deal. Then again, maybe Ballard is worried that Luck either won’t be available come Week 1 or simply could get hurt again.
Regardless of Ballard’s thought process on the matter, the Colts have to be praying for Luck to finally get right. Without him, they seem almost certain to be picking in the top five again come the 2019 NFL Draft, after doing little to improve the club through free agency.