Andrew Luck Takes Next Step In Return To Field

Intro: As Andrew Luck has reached four full weeks in his rehab, the quarterback is closing in on a return date to game action. What is the next step in Luck’s rehab?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The work for Sunday was being done on one practice field Wednesday.

On the Colts other practice field, Andrew Luck's work consisted of "gassers" in the next step of his rehab to return to game action.

Old-fashioned sprints, in an effort to build Luck's stamina back up, was the bulk of his physical work on Wednesday.

"You've got to get in shape if you want to play a football game," Luck said of his sprints on Wednesday.

"There's steps to get there. That's definitely a big part of the step and the preparation."

Neither Luck nor Chuck Pagano would offer a specific date for No. 12's return, however everything continues to be progressing in the right direction.

Late last week, Jim Irsay offered a return of Luck a week from Sunday against Houston (12/20), or the following week in Miami (12/27).

The volume of Luck's rehab has increased and the Colts quarterback is continuing to take part in all types of throws (as many as 50 in a day).

Pagano still lists Luck "week-to-week" with the quarterback still not taking part in practice.

Before Luck does indeed return to action, he believes that a couple of practice days would be very helpful.

"I've always been a big believer in practice and how important that is to a quarterback and to any player really," Luck said on Wednesday.

"It'll take a couple days I'm sure, but once you get in the swing of it I think it'll be alright."

When Luck's injury (lacerated kidney and abdominal muscle) was originally announced on 11/10, the timetable was two-to-six weeks.

This week marks four full weeks since that announcement.

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