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Chris Ballard: No Timeline For Andrew Luck's Return This Offseason

Intro: Still in a sling from January surgery on his right shoulder, Andrew Luck has been rehabbing a whole lot this offseason. The Colts aren’t ready to reveal a specific date for when they expect Luck back on the field.


INDIANAPOLIS – If you were looking for an Andrew Luck timetable update at Chris Ballard's Wednesday's press conference, you left still searching.

Ballard was asked on Wednesday if Luck will be ready for the team's offseason program, which starts on April 17.

"No timeline," Ballard said on Wednesday. "No timeline on that."

Luck, who is in a sling following his January shoulder surgery, and Ballard have spoken this offseason.

The two have been inside the same building quite a lot actually with Luck's vigorous rehab keeping him around the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center for much of the early part of the offseason.

"(Luck) is rehabbing, doing everything the doctors tell him," Ballard said at the Combine. "We are going to go strictly on the doctor's orders. He has been there every day that I have been in the building. Andrew has been sitting there working and rehabbing and doing everything that needs to be done.

"We are going to do the best thing for Andrew. We are going to follow the doctor's orders and when he is ready to go he is ready to go."

If Luck isn't able to participate in the offseason program (which runs until early-to-mid June), backup Scott Tolzien would likely take the first-team reps.

The Colts have no doubt Luck will be ready for the start of the 2017 season. The question is how much will the Colts have him this offseason.

To no surprise, Ballard did walk away impressed from his February meeting with Luck.

"He is a great human being," Ballard said of Luck. "And the Indianapolis Colts are very fortunate to have him."

Now, the Colts will wait for the doctor's clearance to see when they will have Luck back on the field again.

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