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Jim Irsay says Andrew Luck making progress

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 13: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) on the sidelines during the NFL preseason game between the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts on August 13, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said on Wednesday that quarterback Andrew Luck is coming along well, but he did not mention anything about the veteran signal caller potentially playing in Week 1, according to Zak Keefer of The Indy Star. Irsay also said that Luck will “be back and have a very, very long and great career” with the Colts.

But, as far as when Luck will actually return? Irsay was cryptic to say the least.

“We’re not shying away from the fact we knew it was time for Andrew to have that shoulder procedure,” said Irsay. “But nothing has surprised us (with the recovery). He’s coming along well, like we expect him to.”

When Luck originally underwent shoulder surgery back in January, Irsay said that the signal caller would be ready for the start of the regular season. However, recently, Irsay has been very non-committal when asked when the soon-to-be 28-year-old will get back on the field. Luck had been bothered by a shoulder issue since 2015 and finally decided to get the issue repaired after the 2016 campaign ended.

Based on Luck’s production last season, you would never know he was experiencing problems with his arm, as he threw for 4,240 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 63.5 percent of his passing attempts in addition to registering a passer rating of 96.4. The Washington, D.C. native, who played his collegiate football at Stanford, was originally selected by Indianapolis with the first overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Luck made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three NFL seasons, including 2014 when he led the league with 40 touchdown passes.

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