Colts Jim Irsay not sure Andrew Luck will be ready for season opener

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 30: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) watches practice during the Indianapolis Colts training camp on July 30, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was cryptic when talking about quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday, saying that he isn’t sure if he’ll be ready for the season opener but will be return early on in the season, according to Tricia Whitaker of CBS 4 Indy.

Irsay also said that Luck has been throwing.

The 27-year-old Luck is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery to repair an issue that had been lingering since the 2015 campaign.

Luck still managed to throw for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns while cranking 13 interceptions last season, completing a career-high 63.5 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 96.4.

He missed nine games during the 2015 season due to various injuries, including the shoulder issue, a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle.

Luck, who played his college football at Stanford, was originally selected by the Colts with the first overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Washington, D.C. native made the Pro Bowl in his first season after throwing for 4,374 yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Still, Luck completed just 54.1 percent of his passes and recorded an underwhelming passer rating of 76.5.

He then made two more Pro Bowls in 2013 and 2014, the latter of which featured Luck leading the NFL with 40 touchdown passes in addition to racking up 4,761 yards while completing 61.7 percent of his passes and tallying a passer rating of 96.5.

Indianapolis won 11 games and made the playoffs in each of Luck’s first three years, but the Colts proceeded to win just eight games in both 2015 and 2016 and failed to qualify for the postseason both times.

It marked the first time the Colts had missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons since 1998.

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