The return of Andrew Luck

Dayna O’Gorman Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

The Indianapolis Colts return to their building today, starting their offseason program, and Andrew Luck will be joining them.

The Indianapolis Colts didn’t have much to be happy about in 2017. With the injury of quarterback Andrew Luck lingering much longer than anyone expected, his return to the team could be a game changer. Will 2018 be the year we finally see the revival of the team who just a few years ago had such potential?

Luck injured his shoulder back in September of 2015, although at the time, not many knew how severe the injury was. Luck missed the next two games, but then came back to play 4 more, but sadly his 2015 season was ended due to a lacerated kidney.

In the second week of the 2016 season, Luck re-injured his shoulder during a game against Denver. At the time, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Luck wouldn’t need surgery, however, Luck spent much of that season on and off the injury report. It was at the end of the 2016 season that the severity of the injury truly came to light. Luck had surgery during the 2017 offseason, and although it was anticipated he would return at some point, was never given clearance to play in 2017.

Luck has started throwing again, albeit undersized footballs, but he is throwing just the same. New head coach Frank Reich said in an interview last week that it is their goal to have him throwing an NFL football before camp. They will be spending most of the offseason strengthening Luck’s shoulder and learning a new offense. It has been mentioned that Reich plans to be very careful with his franchise QB and will do whatever is best for him for the long haul.

Let’s not forget the reason for the excitement surrounding Luck’s return. Prior to his injuries, he was one of the most dangerous QBs in the league. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and had a 96.5 quarterback rating and 40 touchdowns in 2014.

In an interview today, Luck said it could have been his impatience that hurt him in 2017 and that he understood the fans skepticism.

While it seems a given they’ll use their high draft pick (3rd overall) for a running back, there is also talk about possibly grabbing a quarterback in this year’s draft. Many members of the media feel the Colts will be inundated with trade offers for their 3rd pick, but the fans seem to hope they keep it and add a serious weapon, not necessarily a backup QB.

With the possibility of landing a fantastic player in the draft, and having a healthy QB, is this their year?  Will Andrew Luck finally be able to shake the injury bug and go back to his pre-injury form? Those are questions we will all have to wait until the regular season to get an answer to.

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