Colts teammate: Andrew Luck ‘working tirelessly’ in offseason
To say Andrew Luck’s 2015 NFL season was a tremendous disappointment would be a drastic understatement. But with the myriad injuries he endured last season at long last behind him, one of his Indianapolis Colts teammates has indicated the quarterback is working extremely hard so he’s ready to go come training camp and the 2016 campaign.
Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo said during a recent interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio that Luck is attacking his offseason workout program at team headquarters.
“He’s extremely optimistic about the whole thing, as is his nature, and is just working tirelessly to try and get back,” Castonzo said, via Pro Football Talk. “It just didn’t end up working out last season because it was a really serious injury. But I’ve seen him quite a bit at the facility working out.”
Luck played in only seven games last season, and when he was as erratic and ineffective as he’s been in his entire NFL career. He completed only 58 percent of his passes and posted only 15 touchdowns to a surprising 12 interceptions.
To put that pick number in perspective, his career-worst season for interceptions is 18, and that’s over 16 games.
Speculation abounded as Luck stumbled that he was playing through pain and injuries and that was causing his struggles. When he was finally shut down in early November, it was revealed that he had a lacerated kidney and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle, injuries that would potentially shut him down for anywhere from two to six weeks.
Luck of course never returned last season as he was never cleared to play. But Castonzo believes that can only help Luck in the long run.
“He’s able to get his offseason started early because he didn’t have the wear-and-tear from the last half of the season so he’s good to go,” Castonzo said. “He’s making the most of the fact that he didn’t have to play those last games. As bad as it is, he’s finding a silver lining. That’s his personality — moving forward and being the best he can be.”