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Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck Will Return From Injury In Preseason Opener

By John Carlo A. Villaruel
on Jul 26, 2018 08:09 AM EDT
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The Indianapolis Colts are in luck as star quarterback Andrew Luck announced that he will play in the team's preseason opener. Luck missed last season after suffering a shoulder injury. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will make his triumphant return to the football pitch on Aug. 9 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Luck did not play last season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in January of last year. Staying healthy has been a constant challenge for Luck as the Colts superstar also missed nine games in 2015 due to a lacerated kidney and shoulder problems.

The Colts quarterback said that he is more than excited to return to the pitch. Luck has not played a single game since Week 17 of the 2016 season. Jacoby Brissett assumed Luck's position during the latter's absence in the football pitch.

"I feel like I'm in a much better place," Luck told reporters Wednesday. "I'm the best I've felt in a long, long time. I've got work to do still. I've got things I have to do, things I have to go out and prove to myself. But yeah, I feel a lot better," he added.

Colts head coach Frank Reich did not reveal on how much Luck is going to play but he said that the latter has been impressive in his workouts in California. Reich added that the team did not hold Luck back in practice.

"He looked really good. You could see a progression," Reich said of Luck's workouts.

Big Help For The Colts

The Colts has been terrible in the absence of the Luck as the team finished with a 4-12 win-loss card last season, which is their worst record since 2011. Luck has proven to be one of most versatile quarterbacks when healthy as the three-time Pro Bowl member tallied 4,240 yards to go along with 31 touchdowns, 13 interceptions while completing 63.5 percent of his passes in 2016.

Luck's best year came in the 2014 National Football League season wherein he registered career-highs of 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns while leading the Colts into the AFC Championship Game. The Colts eventually lost to the New England Patriots in the championship.

According to Bleacher Report's Timothy Rapp, the return of Luck would make the Colts a tough playoff contender in the AFC South that sports two playoff teams from last year. The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans clinched slots in the postseason last season.

Rapp also noted the improvement of the Houston Texans who will see the return of defensive juggernaut J.J. Watt and quarterback Deshaun Watson. Should everything go well, Luck is expected his much-awaited regular-season return against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 9.

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