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Author: Jon Kuzma
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To say the Andrew Luck situation has been a headache for the Colts would be an understatement. After injuring his shoulder back in 2015 Luck came back the following year and had a decent season throwing for 31 touchdowns and 4,240 yards. However Luck’s banged up shoulder started to act up again in 2017 and that caused the Colts QB to miss all sixteen games. So many times throughout the past year Indianapolis felt like Andrew Luck was going to be able to return. That never actually happened and now there’s plenty of concerns whether or not this guy is ever going to heal up? What makes things even more scary for the Colts is Luck has yet to begin throwing. Now the idea behind that is Luck should get as much rest as possible in order to be ready for the opener. Still though this organization would be much more comfortable had Luck been throwing all offseason because it takes a lot of preparation to have success in the NFL. Clearly if anyone knows that it’s Andrew Luck and you have to wonder what his mindset is? If the 3x Pro Bowler (Luck) isn’t at a peak level of confidence obviously that can have a detrimental effect on him heading into the season. At the same time though production is secondary at this point, the Colts just need to get their top quarterback on the field full time first. There will definitely be some rust on Luck’s game if he comes back but that doesn’t mean the former number 1 overall pick can’t turn things around in the second half of the season. So those first eight games are going to be about keeping Indianapolis afloat while Luck gets caught up to the speed of the game. Then the Colts can try to put it all together and be a competitive football team. It’s easy to see Frank Reich’s ball club is behind the eight ball a little bit and this is going to be one of the major story lines heading into 2018.
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