The Indianapolis Colts began team OTA’s earlier Tuesday evening. Quarterback Andrew Luck was able to practice without limitations after recovering from injury during last season.
The Indianapolis Colts hope to get things back on track this coming season after suffering a disappointing 2016 campaign in which starting quarterback Andrew Luck missed a total of nine games due to various injuries — the latest being his lacerated kidney that forced the Colts’ signal-caller to miss the final six games of the season.
Luckily for both Luck and the Colts, the 26-year-old quarterback was able to be a full participant in the team activities today without the worry of his workload being reduced due to concern over his recovery timetable from his kidney injury.
“No limitations,” Luck said after the practice session had ended.
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“I think he’s just really, really happy to be back on the football field,” head coach Chuck Pagano said.
Understandably so, Luck is probably very eager for the season to start as the Colts’ 2015 season quickly became a train-wreck in his absence.
Add on the fact that General manager Ryan Grigson used four draft picks this year on offensive linemen to help better protect the team’s franchise quarterback, and that gives some insight on to how ready Luck is to be on the field come week one.
More Takeaways From Colts OTA’s
Per Kevin Bowen of Colts.com, a few other things aside from the Luck news came about from today’s activities:
- Henry Anderson, Arthur Jones and Donte Moncrief were among some of the notable names that were absent from Tuesday’s activities. Anderson and Jones’s seasons were cut short last year due to injury.
- Receiver Phillip Dorsett left practice with what looked to be like a hamstring injury. Head coach Chuck Pagano believes that Dorsett injured his hamstring after stretching out for a pass. Dorsett walked off the practice field under his own power.
- Free agent acquisition Patrick Robinson made some nice plays, making it look more clear that he will be the teams starting cornerback in 2016 opposite of Vontae Davis.
- Pagano stated that he believes that defensive linemen Arthur Jones should be ready to go by the start of training camp. Jones missed the entire 2015 season after having surgery to repair torn ligaments in his ankle after injuring the ankle during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.
- Andrew Luck had some high praise for his new center, Ryan Kelly. “He’s smart, he’s conscientious, he’s tough. He’s got a little ornery in him. He’s a little bit mean, which is great. He’s really been impressive in a couple days of team stuff.” The Colts used their 18th-overall selection in this year’s draft on Kelly in hopes of shoring up the offensive line.
A lot of positive takeaways thus far from OTA’s. With some new faces on both the offense and defense this year, a healthy Colts team hopes to bounce back and regain control of the AFC South.
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