Sterling: Luck Optimistic, Fans Skeptical

Andrew Luck insists he'll be ready Week 1, but Colts fans have been down this road before

Ferrall On The Bench
June 13, 2018 - 11:45 am

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Andrew Luck threw a football in front of media Tuesday for the first time since last October – and Colts fans couldn’t have been happier.

“The skies parted and the sun shone and the city of Indianapolis rejoiced as Andrew luck threw a high school-style football around the yard about 12 times,” Indy’s 1430 host Kent Sterling said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It was all very, very controlled, but he did throw with velocity. He’s clearly not game ready – and he said that afterwards. But what he did do (was) throw it with a little bit of zip. Granted, it’s a high school football, but it’s a step in the right direction. And the thing that I think was most revealing was in the media availability afterwards, he was really happy.”

Luck had surgery on his right shoulder in January 2017. He was expected to play in 2017 – and in fact, Jim Irsay said he would be ready for Week 1 – but it never happened. Sterling said Luck was “clearly agitated and upset” last fall about the way his body was responding – or not responding – to the surgery.

Luck said he will absolutely be ready for Indy’s Week 1 opener against Cincinnati.

“There’s still a lack of trust after what happened last year with Jim Irsay getting up after a preseason game, saying Andrew Luck is going to be back and we expect him back for the opener, which just wound up being a series of lies,” Sterling said. “I think people want to see what he looks like when he throws in a regular season game. They want to see him get hit a little bit, bounce up, and show an amount of resiliency. Once that happens, I think people relax a little bit, but I think there’s a lot of trepidation, too: ‘We’ll believe it when we see it, and we’re not going to get too excited because we’ve been down that road before.’”

The Colts went 4-12 last season – their worst finish since 2011 – and haven’t made the playoffs since 2014. They open the season against Cincinnati, at Washington, at Philadelphia, against Houston and at New England.