Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay addressed the media this week regarding the status of his franchise quarterback Andrew Luck. Irsay emphatically guaranteed that Luck will come back and finally recover from this shoulder injury.
It’s been almost exactly a year since Andrew Luck underwent shoulder surgery to recover from an injury to his labrum, and his future is still murky with a rocky rehab process. Luck sat out all of 2017 even though he tried to return to practice halfway through this past season.
Luck travelled to Europe in December to work with his former trainer, and possibly go through some alternative treatment in order to get his throwing shoulder back to full strength. He has returned to Indianapolis after his rehab stint in the Netherlands, and Luck is optimistic that he can avoid another surgery and get back on the field in 2018.
Jim Irsay may be even more optimistic than Luck is about his recovery as Irsay delivered a fiery press conference in support of his quarterback.
Colts fans have become numb to outrageous comments from their off-the-wall owner over the years, and these comments are just another example of that. We all know that Andrew Luck has an incredible work ethic and he will be doing everything in his power to return to his team as soon as possible.
However, that work ethic can work against him if he pushes himself too hard and doesn’t give his shoulder enough time to fully recover.
Jim Irsay got a bit carried away in this press conference, but it is a good sign to see him fully backing the franchise quarterback. We’ll see if Irsay’s guarantee comes true on opening day of 2018.