Colts QB Andrew Luck optimistic despite nagging shoulder injury

Really not much more to it than that, he said. Nothing crazy, no injections, nothing out of the ordinary.

Luck missed the entire 2017 season, and he has been sidelined for 26 of the team’s last 48 games dating back to 2015. He originally injured his shoulder at the beginning of the 2015 NHL Jerseys Wholesale season and opted for surgery at the end of last season to deal with the chronic pain.

The quarterback hasn’t thrown a football the past eight weeks but says he is planning to start a throwing program as soon as he can.

I’m on a progression to get to that point and a lot of it still has to do with me and getting my strength back to a better level. I still have a ways to go to get there and I really don’t want to skip any steps along the way, Luck said. I’m in the process of preparing to get a football in my hands pretty soon.

Luck is expected to start throwing next week after the Colts’ regular-season finale to gauge his progress, but he also opened up about what it’s like to be on the injured reserve list while he continues to recover.

With football, what I value most about it are your teammates. Competing against guys, to miss that is difficult, Luck said. You do not feel like you’re a part of the team. It feels weird. I don’t feel I’m a part of this team right now.

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