In 2016, Andrew Luck completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 4,240 yards along with 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for a 96.4 rating in 15 games played.
Coming off a terrible 2015 campaign in which he completed just 55.3 percent of his passes for 1,881 yards with 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a 74.9 rating in just seven games played due to injury, Luck certainly got his career back on track.
Recently undergoing surgery this offseason to repair his nagging right shoulder injury, Luck surprisingly revealed on Monday that he originally injured the shoulder during the 2015 season.
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In Week 3 of a come-from-behind 35-33 loss against the Tennessee Titans in that year, Luck missed the next two games before returning and playing four more before a lacerated kidney ended his campaign. Therefore, the focus was off of his shoulder for a bit.
Instead of opting for surgery during that offseason, Luck and the Colts decided to go the rehab route regarding the shoulder that was causing him some pain. Colts owner Jim Irsay admitted that Luck aggravated the injury while trying to make a tackle after an interception in their Week 2 London game, according to Mike Wells of ESPN.
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After playing through pain for much of last season, the decision was much easier this offseason for Indy’s franchise quarterback.
"This wasn't an off-the-cuff thing. I put a lot of thought, effort and plan in moving forward after the season -- talked to a lot of people and got quality information. Honestly, it wasn't too hard of a decision. It felt right,” he told ESPN.
In fact, Luck was listed as a full participant in exactly half (24 of 48) of Indianapolis’ practices last season.
"My practice schedule was different and altered -- that made things a little bit more difficult from a preparation standpoint," Luck said. "There were a couple of times during the year where I would get hit in an awkward position, in an awkward way. It wouldn't feel great and it would be a taxing effort to get ready for the next week."
The surgery is expected to keep him out of action for a few months, but the expectation is that he will be back and ready for minicamp and the preseason in the summer.
Luckily for Colts fans, Luck intends on playing all 16 regular-season games in 2017.
"I made this decision based off all the information we could all find, that I could find," Luck noted. "I have no regrets going to get surgery. I fully trust when the doctors say I'm 100 percent, that I'll be 100 percent no question.”
The 27-year-old former No. 1 pick out of Stanford will be entering his sixth NFL season this year and he still has a lot to prove.
Not only will he need to stay on the field in order for the Colts to have a chance to contend, but he will need to produce at a clip similar to his 40-touchdown, 4,761-yard 2014 season if he expects to be mentioned as an elite quarterback along the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.
Fixing his injured shoulder is a step forward in the right direction.
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