As the Colts opened minicamp Tuesday, quarterback Andrew Luck was seen throwing for the first time in months.
He last threw in October and was later shut down and put on season-ending injured reserve two weeks later.
Luck has been working out at the Colts Complex since April, rehabbing his surgically repaired right shoulder. The franchise quarterback had surgery more than 16 months ago and missed the entire 2017 season. He spent the last month of the season rehabbing in Europe.
Luck has been throwing different weighted balls for some time now, but today was the first time we've seen him do it publicly. The ball thrown at camp may have been a college ball instead of an NFL ball.
Luck said in April that his goal is to enter training camp in late July without any restrictions on his right shoulder.
"There's a process," Luck said on April 10. "I've gone and skipped steps before and paid for it. Been in pain and not able to help the team. Embarrassed, guilty, whatever. I'm not going to do that again. I trust the people I'm working with. More importantly, I trust myself in this process. I trust how I feel."
Luck reportedly threw about 10 passes, mostly to retired great Reggie Wayne. Although the passes were no more than 10 yards, there didn’t appear to be any hitches.
"The reason I'm using a little less smaller football is it puts less stress," Luck said. "And throwing weighted balls. And the difference between throwing a round ball and a football is how it comes off your hand and often things like that. We're not in Indianapolis and the 500 just happened, our bodies aren't vehicles, we aren't robots.
The Colts have suffered for most of the past three seasons without Luck on the field. They've missed the playoffs in each, including going 4-12 last season. Luck missed 26 games in that three-season span after leading the Colts to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons, when he took every meaningful snap.