Chuck Pagano says there’s ‘no timeline’ for Andrew Luck’s return
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano on Tuesday indicated there remains “no timeline” for Andrew Luck’s return.
The Colts quarterback started training camp on the PUP list after being unable to participate in the team’s offseason program following surgery on a right shoulder that has been plauging him since the 2015 season.
The Colts have been understandably cautious throughout Luck’s recovery and rehab. And Pagano’s comments following Tuesday’s practice make it clear that it will continue to proceed as such going forward, at least in the short term.
“We are where we are with that,” Pagano said of Luck, via ESPN. “There’s no timeline. When they say he’s healthy and ready to go, we’ll get him out there. He’s played a lot of football.”
Pagano stated Sunday it was “great” to see Luck back at practice, although the quarterback obviously didn’t participate, instead working with fellow rehabbing players on the side.
A report earlier this week indicated that there remains a “chance” that Luck will not be ready for Week 1. The Colts previously expressed confidence that Luck will be off the PUP list prior to the team’s opening game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 7.
The Colts currently have Scott Tolzien penciled in atop the QB depth chart in Luck’s absence. Given that Tolzien hasn’t wowed anybody with his play in training camp, it’s imperative that Luck return sooner rather than late if the Colts hope to compete coming out of the gate.
The question is, however, if Luck will return to full health in time. After all, if Luck is still on the PUP list come Week 1, he won’t be able to return until after Colts’ sixth game of the season..