Today is the first day of the Colts' voluntary offseason workouts at their practice facility, and Andrew Luck was made available to the media for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery.
Although he refused to admit it at any point during the last two seasons, Luck finally acknowledged today that he had been playing hurt... for a long time:
Here's Andrew Luck opening up on his injuries the last few years in a way he never really has: pic.twitter.com/dzAEFcJLlW— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) April 17, 2017
Luck went on to admit that the Week 3 hit two seasons ago in Tennessee was the starting point:
Two years after the fact, Andrew Luck admits the injury originated with Titans road game in 2015.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) April 17, 2017
This may put the last two seasons in better perspective. Should some of Luck's struggles over that time frame be excused? Should we be more impressed with the good numbers he was able to put up despite the bum shoulder? How much pain was he actually in?
Let's just hope that this latest surgery puts him at 100% for good. Also, considering how the Colts have kept a lot of this under wraps, take whatever they say about Luck's current recovery with a serious grain of salt.