Colts Coach Pagano Says QB Andrew Luck Has “Been Through Hell” Getting Healthy

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has spent nearly the past year looking for ways to get his right shoulder healthy again. He’s had surgery, done rehabilitation, received an injection and even gone across the ocean to Europe.

But Luck, the Colts’ franchise player, is still in the process of trying to regain his health, Mike Wells of ESPN.com reports.

“He’s been through hell,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday. “Everybody has, and no more than him. And nobody wants to be back on the field more than Andrew. This is an unfortunate set of circumstances for everybody. But it’s life and life happens. He’s a warrior and he’s done so much for this organization over the last five years. He’s battled through injuries. He’s played injured, played hurt. It’s unfortunate.”

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported over the weekend that Luck is soon expected to return from Europe, where he has been getting what’s been described as successful treatment on his surgically repaired right shoulder. When Luck returns he’ll begin throwing again and it will become clearer whether he needs additional surgery, which would sideline him an additional three to six months.

“He will be back,” Pagano said. “He will be back better than ever at some point, and he’ll be back on the field leading this organization and leading this team to multiple, multiple wins and championships. That’s him. It’s unfortunate and I hate it for him. I hate it for him because nobody has sacrificed as much as he has for this organization over the last five years that he’s played. He’s a great teammate, great pro, great player. I can’t say enough about the kid and how bad we all feel for him, especially myself.”


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