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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Jameis Winston meets Tom Brady: I dream of being the type of QB he is

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston met in the tunnel underneath Raymond James Stadium following Thursday night’s game, sharing an extended conversation that Winston had hoped would happen.

“I just said, ‘It was an honor.’ I told him thank you. A lot,” Winston said after the Buccaneers’ 19-14 loss. “That’s a blessing, man, to meet someone like that. I dream to be able to be the type of quarterback he is for his team to our team.”

On Wednesday, the president said via Twitter that he had spoken with Jones, tweeting in part: “Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!”

Some inferred that the president’s tweet was equal parts attaboy and guarantee that the team would continue, perhaps under Jones’ orders, to stand in unison for the anthem.

“The implication that there was some kind of pat on the back is really not the case,” Jones said. “It was a simple discussion.”

Yes, Jones said, he has asked players to stand for the anthem because “the flag is first,” acknowledging that some Cowboys, notably wide receiver Dez Bryant, were being pressured to show some form or protest.

That’s the reality of the situation, he said, as is how fans feel about protests Cheap Jerseys Online connected to the anthem: “We recognize the most important thing for the NFL is to leave the impression Cheap Jerseys MLB With Free Shipping that we’ve not dishonored the flag. Perception is real.”