Colts’ franchise quarterback Andrew Luck on Monday revealed a couple important pieces of information about his shoulder injury, Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports.
For one, he was ultimately the one who decided to undergo surgery in January to correct a lingering issue in his throwing shoulder, believed to be related to his labrum. Then Luck clarified the timeline on his physical issues, disclosing that the injury dates back to a pounding he took in September 2015 in a win over the Tennessee Titans that resulted in him missing the next two games.
Luck, as it turns out, has been dealing with the issue ever since. And that’s why surgery became necessary.
“It was my decision, ultimately,” he said. “The team gave me all the resources that I felt like I needed to make the best decision. We sat down after the year with our guys in this building and talked and then went out and got a lot of really good opinions from a lot of doctors around the country.
“At the end of the day, I never felt like anybody else was trying to make a decision for me. I made this decision with what I felt was the best information I could find. I have no regrets about going to get surgery.”
Luck, consistent with everyone else in the organization, declined to commit to a timeline. The truth is, there really isn’t one. The Colts are not going to rush Luck. And Luck expressed a willingness to be patient with the process, even as he longs to get back into action. The Colts began offseason workouts Monday and will soon progress to on-field work. Luck will almost certainly be a spectator In the end, though, he feels this will clearly be worthwhile.
“There were times when you play through pain, there were times when it felt great,” Luck said of the 2016 season. “The reality is everybody plays through pain in the NFL. I’ve played through pain every year. This was a little different beast from the standpoint of, as you guys know, my practice schedule was different and altered and certainly that made things difficult from a preparation standpoint.