Andrew Luck: “No Reason to Freak Out” About Shoulder

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24: Andrew Luck
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24: Andrew Luck /

It’s difficult for Colts fans to think about anything other than Andrew Luck’s shoulder, but Luck doesn’t want fans to fret.

Andrew Luck underwent offseason shoulder surgery in an attempt to repair an injury that had been bothering for most of the last two seasons.

His recovery has been slower than the organization would’ve liked, which has caused them to place him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to begin training camp.

However, the always-positive Luck is trying to spin this injury as a blessing saying that he thinks he can come back even stronger.

"“I’d say that there’s no reason to freak out. I will be better than I was — coming into this, I’ll be better coming out of it. I know that. I don’t know what day it’s gonna be, I don’t know what week, I don’t know when it’s gonna be, but I definitely will be, and there’s no reason to freak out.”"

He also added that football is a team sport in trying to shift the focus away from him and his recovery.

"“On that note,” he says, “football’s the greatest team game in the world. No one person is bigger than the team, and I’ve always felt that, and I know we’ve got a solid, solid team forming at this complex.”"

He is right about the Colts improving their roster this offseason as new general manager Chris Ballard did a great job of acquiring their talent with those resources.

But you can have the best roster in the league, and still miss out on the playoffs if you don’t have a high-level quarterback.

There’s no question whether Andrew Luck can be a championship-level QB as he’s carried an average team all the way to an AFC Championship Game, and he’s coming off of a fantastic 2016 season even though we now know he was battling injuries the entire time.

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Luck has finally started to throw on his road to being ready to play for Week 1. Sadly, his only throwing has been with tennis balls as he continues to try to build up some arm strength.

I’m sure that no Colts fans will be able to heed Luck’s advice of not “freaking out” as his recovery looks to be the determining factor of the team’s success in 2017.