Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is onto the next stage of rehab from shoulder surgery but is still not throwing a regulation football.
Luck, who missed the entire 2017 season recovering from the operation, is working mostly on recalibrating his throwing motion so he does not depend solely on his arm strength.
Luck is throwing a smaller, lighter football but has not yet used the NFL gameday ball.
“I have not picked up The Duke and started throwing it yet,” he said. “I don’t want to skip steps. I’m trusting the process I’m in now very, very much.”
Since Luck’s surgery 13 months ago, the Colts lost 13 games and changed coaches, hiring Frank Reich to replace Chuck Pagano after first choice Josh McDaniels left general manager Chris Ballard at the altar.
Reich said at his introductory press conference that the Colts were confident Luck would be with the team when offseason workouts began.
And indeed, Luck was in the building as Reich addressed the full team for the first time on Monday.
When he returns to the field is likely another story. Luck said he wants to hit training camp “without a governor,” meaning he’d like to take the field in August for team workouts without restriction.
“He’s currently still working on the throw motion stuff,” Ballard told ESPN. “Using his lower body to take some stress off his shoulder.”
Luck said he would likely do things differently if he could go all the way back to his initial recovery and said he likely was too anxious to get back to the field.
While Luck did not say it, part of the challenge was public perception, and the notion he would return for the 2017 regular season was set in motion by owner Jim Irsay.
This time around, Luck isn’t talking schedules.
“There is a timetable, but I’m not sharing it,” he said.