Good news for Indianapolis Colts fans! NFL reporter Ian Rapoport reported that Andrew Luck is headed to Los Angeles to work with noted throwing machines and strength gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux. One source has described Luck as “very close” to throwing. This is a huge milestone for the franchise quarterback considering that when this all started to take place, some may have thought that his career might be over.

What exactly does this mean for the Colts franchise and their fans? Well, for starters it means that Luck does not need another surgery on his throwing shoulder, improving his chances to return under center for the upcoming 2018 NFL season.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard spoke in a press conference on November 2, after placing the star quarterback on injured reserve making him ineligible for the remainder of the 2017-2018 season, stating that: “The consensus from all the doctors is to be patient and continue rehab”.   This decision, while being nerve racking for fans fearing the end of this star’s career, has so far been more reassuring than anything.

 

If all goes well, the Colts are looking at having their game-changing quarterback return for the 2018-2019 season.

One thing is for sure: having Andrew Luck back in the starting lineup would immensely increase the Colts’ chances of being back in the mix for another AFC South title, and possibly playoff contention once again, something the franchise hasn’t seen since the 2014-2015 season. Luck has shown that, when healthy, he is a top-caliber quarterback in this league, taking the Colts to an AFC championship while sitting behind a young offensive line and a bottom-half ranked defense in 2015.

During the 2016 season, Luck garnered a touchdown to interception ratio of 31-13, all while being sacked a league high of 44 times, an impressive feat. These statistics, along with the lackadaisical performances of the Colts while Luck is absent, are making it clear that this team needs Luck healthy to even hope for success during the upcoming season.

Former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels seems to have taken an interest in this untapped potential that is the Colts, heading for Indianapolis to presumably take on the head coaching position there. If there is one thing that will make McDaniels’ job much easier, once he arrives, it’s having his starting quarterback healthy and ready to go for the 2018 season.

Things are looking quite bright for the soon to be new and improved Indianapolis Colts team. Chris Ballard’s Colts hold the third overall pick in this year’s draft and have over eighty million dollars to work with in cap space. Look for Ballard to continue making roster changes where he sees fit in the 2018 draft or free agency. Whether that be in the injury plagued section of the offensive line or the young defensive secondary, I will be interested to see the direction that Ballard takes. Regardless, Colts fans have something to be excited for when looking into the near future!

 

 

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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