Colts QB Andrew Luck missed all of last season and remains in rehab mode after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder in January 2017. The expectation is for Luck, who’s been working out on the West Coast with a pair of throwing specialists, to be on hand April 9 when the Colts open their offseason conditioning program.
Irsay did nothing to suppress those expectations Monday when he met with local reporters covering the owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.
“All indicators are (the) healing is going really well and we feel really optimistic that he’s turned the corner and has a full decade ahead of him of excellence,’’ Irsay said. “That’s a long period of time.’’
At the recent NFL Scouting Combine, Ballard and coach Frank Reich shared their boss’ optimism.
“Do I have any doubt that he’s going to be ready? No, I don’t,’’ Ballard offered.
Added Reich: “I’m anticipating that he’s going to be ready to go. Again, we’ll have to determine what level that will mean. There’s no way to predict that. I’m thinking optimistically.’’
At this point, we're in "believe it when we see it" mode with Luck, but this is certainly encouraging news. In 22 games since 2015, Luck has averaged 278 passing yards and 2.1 touchdowns per game. He has also averaged 1.1 interceptions in that span.