Andrew Luck underwent shoulder surgery seven months ago. Unfortunately for Indianapolis, he has not fully healed, and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said there is no timetable for Luck’s return.
In other words, Luck has not been ruled out for Indy’s opener in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, but whether he’ll actually suit up is far from certain.
“Well, we know as a team what type of guy Andrew Luck is,” Colts running back Frank Gore said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “We know if he can get out there and play, he’s going to be out there and play. We see him every day. We see him working hard – he still comes to the meetings, he’s helping the other guys. We wish he has out there with us because we know what kind of team (we) have, but we’ve been working every day. If he’s not there, we’re going to try to find a way to get the job done.”
Luck, 27, has been slowed by injuries in each of the last two seasons. Nevertheless, he completed a career-high 63.5 percent of his passes for 4,240 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 15 games last season.
The Colts went 11-5 and made the playoffs in Luck’s first three seasons but have finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs in each of the last two. When Luck is right, the Colts are right. When he isn’t, they struggle.
Will Luck be ready for Week 1?
“I don’t know,” Gore said, “but I do see him every day. He’s working his behind off, he’s in meetings, he’s helping the young guys. Me being around him for three years now and knowing how much he loves the game, I know if he can play, he’s going to play. I respect him so much, man. His injuries (have) been bothering him for two years, but he’s been out there competing with his guys. I think if he can’t go, he can’t go. But me knowing him, if he feels like he can go, he will be out there for our team. He loves the game.”
The Colts open against the Rams on the road before hosting Arizona and Cleveland on Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, respectively.