Colts owner Jim Irsay revealed via Twitter on Thursday that QB Andrew Luck recently underwent surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder. The issue didn't cost him any games this past year -- he missed 1 with a concussion -- but Luck was a regular on the injury report and often limited in practice early in the week. Irsay says the shoulder injury has "lingered since 2015" -- presumably when he suffered a sprain in Week 3 of that year and missed the following game. Luck is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 campaign, according to Irsay, but we'll be looking for more information on the procedure Luck had and exactly how long he'll be sidelined.
Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) said Tuesday that he's been doing "a little bit of throwing" lately. He's continuing to strengthen that troublesome throwing shoulder and is happy with the progress he's making. Luck also revealed that another surgery is not in the plans. "That is not an option for me right now," he said. "That ship has sailed as far as I'm concerned. Which is a relief, I'm not going to lie." HC Frank Reich, meanwhile, said he's "hopeful" Luck will be able to throw in OTAs in April. That right shoulder will continue to be 1 of the biggest storylines of the offseason.
The Colts on Sunday night announced a deal to make Eagles OC Frank Reich their new HC. That, of course, comes less than a week after Josh McDaniels backed out of his agreement to stick with the Patriots. Reich spent 2 years coordinating the Philly offense under Doug Pederson after coordinating the Chargers offense in 2014-15. Reich had a top-9 finish in yards at each stop but just 1 offense (2017) that ranked better than 16th in scoring. He also opened his coaching career with 6 years as an intern and then offensive assistant for the Colts. Reich served on an Eagles staff that put forth a top-level offense and helped 2nd-year QB Carson Wentz develop impressively. We'll see who else joins him on the new Colts' staff. The Eagles, meanwhile, head toward 2018 needing a new OC and QBs coach. (John DiFilippo left to become Minnesota's OC.) That'll present a challenge, though Pederson plus the return of Wentz and plenty of skill-position talent should have us believing in plenty of Eagles as 2018 fantasy factors. The biggest -- and yet unanswered -- question for Indy will be Andrew Luck's recovery from shoulder surgery.
Colts QB Andrew Luck is "very close" to throwing again, a source tells NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Luck has traveled to Los Angeles to train with mechanics gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, who have worked with Tom Brady and other NFL QBs. How that troublesome shoulder responds to increased activity will go a long way toward determining Luck's 2018 status, although Rapoport notes that he isn't expected to need another surgery. We'll continue to keep a close eye on Luck's progress.
The Colts are set to name Josh McDaniels their next HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The hire will become official shortly after the Super Bowl. McDaniels struggled in his first go-around as HC, compiling an 11-17 record in less than 2 seasons in Denver. But he's still widely regarded as 1 of the top offensive minds in the game. His Broncos squads ranked 15th and 13th, respectively, in total offense with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow under center. And McDaniels has helped guide the Patriots to top-11 finishes in total offense in 6 straight seasons. He now inherits a Colts offense with promise -- but also plenty of question marks. Chief among them is the health of QB Andrew Luck.
The Colts have fired HC Chuck Pagano. He took his squad to the playoffs in each of his first 3 seasons but hasn't topped 8 wins in any of the last 3. New GM Chris Ballard will make his 1st HC hire with Indy. Patriots OC Josh McDaniels has been bandied about as a candidate for the gig.
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