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Colts owner Jim Irsay put a sunny spin on QB Andrew Luck's offseason shoulder surgery. "This [surgery] has been a positive thing, not a negative thing or anything like that," Irsay said. "He was really struggling going through the process of being ready to play [each week last season]. This was, quite frankly, not that complicated of a surgery. This was a simple labrum repair. There are a lot of other things that could have been involved with this surgery that weren't." Irsay didn't give a timetable for Luck's return to the field, though. Luck offered only this: "Feeling great. Rehab is going well. It's a long and patient process." His status will be 1 of the biggest storylines of the summer. Luck has come off the board in the early 5th round of recent MFL10 drafts.

Colts QB Andrew Luck still hasn't started throwing again after undergoing surgery on his throwing shoulder back in January, HC Chuck Pagano said on Tuesday. Luck was originally expected to resume throwing sometime in April. The Colts have been tight-lipped about his recovery all offseason, and it remains unclear if he'll be ready for the start of training camp. Luck's status will be 1 of the bigger storylines of the summer.

The Colts have signed RB Christine Michael. It's actually an intriguing landing spot for fantasy football's greatest enigma. Michael joins a backfield with 34-year-old Frank Gore, rookie Marlon Mack and journeyman Robert Turbin. He's simply failed too many times for us to get excited about him again.

The Packers have released RB Christine Michael. The writing was on the wall when Green Bay drafted 3 RBs over the weekend. Michael is still only 26 but has proven to be a fantasy football tease over the past 5 seasons. The Packers also released RB Don Jackson, leaving them with Ty Montgomery and rookies Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Devante Mays.

The Colts selected RB Marlon Mack in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. We’re a bit surprised they didn’t add a back sooner, but they got good value here. Mack flashed big time acceleration and speed at South Florida, where he racked up 3,609 yards on a 6.2 per-carry average over the past 3 years. He ran a mediocre 4.50-second 40 at the Combine but put his explosion on display with an 89th percentile score in the broad jump. Mack needs to add some discipline to his game but certainly has the tools to succeed at the next level. He’ll learn a lot from veteran Frank Gore.

The Colts grabbed Ohio DE Tarell Basham in the NFL Draft's 3rd round Friday night. Basham tallied 27 sacks across 4 seasons for the Bobcats, including 7.5 as a freshman and 9 as a senior. He'll play OLB for the Colts and should quickly find playing time.

The Colts picked Ohio State S Malik Hooker in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. Hooker should claim a starting job right away, with Mike Adams having left for Carolina. We'd bet on him starting next to Clayton Geathers soon, with Geathers the much better IDP option.

Colts insider Stephen Holder came away from a conference call with new GM Chris Ballard believing the team is "VERY bullish" on TE Erik Swoope. "Wants to see his ceiling," Holder added. A converted basketball player, Swoope didn't hit the stat sheet in either of his first 2 NFL seasons. But he hauled in 15 balls for 297 yards (19.8 YPC) and a score this past year. TE Jack Doyle turned in an efficient 2016 as Indy's lead TE and landed a 3-year, $19 million contract this offseason. But he's not the type of elite talent that is impossible to leap on the depth chart. Swoope will be a name to closely monitor this summer.

The Packers have re-signed RB Christine Michael. We didn't hear of any other teams showing interest in the 26-year-old. Michael appeared in 8 games for Green Bay last season (including the playoffs), mustering just 3.7 yards per carry on 47 totes. The Packers' backfield currently sports just Michael, Ty Montgomery and Don Jackson -- so there's opportunity here. But Michael has mostly disappointed since entering the league in 2013. It seems unwise to bank on that trend changing in 2017.

The Colts have re-signed TE Jack Doyle to a 3-year, $19 million contract. It's a hefty sum for a guy who entered this past season with just 35 career catches. Doyle had something of a breakout 2016 campaign, though, hauling in 59 balls for 584 yards and 5 TDs. He's a mediocre talent but seems to have forged a strong rapport with QB Andrew Luck, hauling in an impressive 78.7% of his targets last year. Staying in Indianapolis is good news for Doyle's fantasy value, but he's still unlikely to score as more than a TE2 in 2017.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Colts QB Andrew Luck is looking at 6 months of rehab for a "full return." He's expected to resume throwing in 3 months. The 6-month timeline takes us into mid-July, right around the start of training camp. So barring setbacks, Luck should be ready to roll well ahead of the start of the 2017 season. But this was clearly a significant procedure to his throwing shoulder. It'll be a situation to track all offseason.

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.

The Colts on Monday placed S Clayton Geathers on IR with the neck injury that cost him the past 3 games. Indy signed former Bills S Duke Williams to fill the roster spot. Rookie S T.J. Green has played a minimal role even with Geathers out, as the Colts have started 3 CBs. Mike Adams is the only full-time safety and the only IDP consideration at the position for the team. Geathers was on a roll stat wise before his injury and will carry plenty of fantasy intrigue into next season.

Packers RB Christine Michael led the team with 10 carries in Sunday's win over the Seahawks. He managed just 36 yards, though, and watched Ty Montgomery plunge in the 1-yard TD in the 2nd quarter. Michael also didn't draw any targets. He'll need to do more to enter fantasy consideration, and we're a little low on time for that to happen this season.

Colts T.Y. Hilton racked up 9 catches for 115 yards and a score in Sunday's loss to the Texans. The catches and yards led the team, as did his 13 targets. The highlight of Hilton's day was a 35-yard score off a beautiful double-move. He set that up with a juggling 13-yard catch just a couple of plays earlier. Hilton has now gone over 100 yards in 2 straight games and 5 times overall this season. The TD was his 6th, putting him just 1 shy of his career high. He gets a tough Week 15 draw against the Vikings next week, which will downgrade him to WR2 status.

Colts QB Andrew Luck completed just 24 of 45 passes (53.5%) for 276 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs in Sunday's loss to the Texans. He also lost a fumble. Luck looked out of sync for much of the afternoon, but the Texans defense also deserves credit for a strong outing. RB Frank Gore did most of the work on Luck's 1st TD, taking a screen pass 18 yards to the house. The 2nd score was a deep ball to T.Y. Hilton from 35 yards out. Bouncing back won't be easy in Minnesota next week against the league's 2nd-ranked QB defense. Consider Luck a lower-end QB1 for that one.

Lions TE Eric Ebron underwhelmed with just 32 yards on 4 catches in Sunday's win over Chicago. He finished tied for 3rd on the team with 5 targets. The talented young TE hasn’t topped 4 catches since Week 9, but he does draw a plus Week 15 matchup against the Giants. He'll be a low-end TE1 for that one.

Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, but multiple reports say that the team expects him to play. Ebron put in limited practices all week and should be fine to use as you normally would in your fantasy football lineups. We'll confirm his status, of course, when inactives come out.

The Colts have ruled S Clayton Geathers out with the neck injury that cost him Week 13.

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Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (back) is active for tonight's game against the Jets. He put in full practices on Friday and Saturday, so he should be close to 100%. Hilton is a legit WR1 in the plus matchup.

 
 
 

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