Andrew Luck Reveals How Bad He Thought His Injury Was

William Boyd | Contributor

Andrew Luck opened up about his shoulder injury in a recent ESPN interview, saying he thought he might never play in the NFL again.

“There were one or two moments where I wondered if I am ever going to be able to do this again,” Luck said on Tuesday to Mike Wells of ESPN. “Certainly this [preseason opener at Seattle on Thursday] isn’t what I’ve been working toward the whole time, but sort of in the same vein it is another step in this journey and one that is sort of about the next one right now. That’s really exciting and that’s fun.”

Luck is finally cleared to play after missing the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury. As the injury pertains to week one, he said, “It’s what I’ve been working for. To be honest, it’s hard to even think about that. In my mind, yeah I’m going … I don’t think it wouldn’t happen.”

In a different interview, Luck spoke with Sal Palantonio on ESPN: “There was a time or two where I did not think I would play football again, and I didn’t think it was worth playing again. I never thought I’d have this much fun playing football again. I remember walking out to the first practice of training camp and having butterflies like it’s a football game.”

Luck has been a full participant in 9 of 11 practices so far. The two practices he did not participate in were planned so he could rest at the appropriate times. He was asked by the media on Tuesday as well on how he was feeling.

“Every day I feel a little bit better about my technique in team drills,” Luck said Tuesday. “Sometimes it’s pretty obvious. Sometimes it’s not and I also feel better. I feel stronger, I feel more fit. I feel like my arm has more in it, and a little more in it, and a little more in it. Certainly feeling more comfortable with the offense.”

In the same interview with Wells, Luck talked about how getting to Sunday was just a chore in of itself. The pain in his shoulder was so bad that he was treating Sunday’s game as a chore rather than the game he loved. He missed some time in 2016 and all of the 2017 season with this injury. He now is reporting no pain and is excited to be back on the field.

“I think I’m a little happier with myself, and that’s the crux of the matter, and that allows me to enjoy football, and it does feel a bit more like a game to me, instead of a job or profession. I don’t ever want to lose that feeling.”

The harsh reality for Luck is that he is coming off of an 18-month layoff from football, so he will be rusty. Getting back into NFL shape will be incredibly difficult, but Luck seems determined to get back better than ever. Colts fans should be excited because they will finally be relevant again with Luck coming back to the team.

William Boyd

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