WESTFIELD, Ind. — In a matter of 15 days, Andrew Luck could very well take the field for the Indianapolis Colts in a game setting for the first time in one year, seven months and eight days.
Head coach Frank Reich today confirmed that Luck is expected to get some reps in the Colts’ 2018 preseason opener Aug. 9 against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.
Luck’s exact number of reps in the game are still to be determined — the team opens up training camp practices tomorrow at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Ind. — but Reich told reporters today, the official camp report day for the entire team, that “the plan right now would be (for Luck) to play in Seattle.”
“I can tell you this about the preseason: we’ll see as we get there,” Reich said. “But here’s what we have determined: that I don’t feel like we have to overreact and say, ‘Hey, he’s gotta play a ton more.’ I mean, he’s logged a lot of game reps in his career. So we still want to be smart.”
But Reich also conceded that “yes, (Luck) has to get reps in preseason games.”
“But we’re not going to go over the top and and overreact to try to get double the amount of reps,” Reich continued. “It’ll be more of a feel thing as we go. We’ll have a plan in place, and then adjust as we go.”
Luck, who last played in the Colts’ 2016 regular season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been cleared for full practice participation in training camp after undergoing a successful intense rehab regimen on his surgically-repaired right shoulder.
He ramped up his throwing program by mid-June and has been spending much of the past month continuing to check off boxes out on his own in California, Reich said Wednesday.
“Had a lot of good feedback from Andrew over the time we had off,” Reich said. “Communicated with him constantly a couple times a week; was able to watch video of him throwing, talking to him, e-mail, text back and forth. Good progress, and exactly what we planned and hoped for.
“He looked really good,” Reich continued. “And you could see a progression — you could see him getting better with each session, as you would expect with anybody. But there was definitely a progression, and he looked strong.”
The plan for Luck now is to try to mimic a regular-season practice schedule as best as possible during training camp. Ideally, Luck will throw, in total, about four days a week, just as he would during a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as gameday on a Sunday, during the regular season.
But when Luck is out on the field during camp, “he’s full go,” Reich said.
“There’s no restrictions,” he added.
“It’s not just about the physical re-evaluation,” Reich continued. “It’s about a mindset of, ‘Hey, I’m playin’ ball. I’m going 100 percent, I’m making all the throws, I’m doing what I’m supposed to do as a quarterback,’ and then we’ll schedule in the rest days.”
2018 Training Camp - Coach Reich Presser