Andrew Luck Shows Off Important Side-To-Side Movement In Pre-Game


Andrew Luck Shows Off Important Side-To-Side Movement In Pre-Game

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Andrew Luck Shows Off Important Side-To-Side Movement In Pre-Game

Before Saturday’s preseason home opener against the Browns, Andrew Luck showed some encouraging movement with his ankle rehab.

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INDIANAPOLIS – For many (maybe everyone?), the most important aspect for the Colts on Saturday was what Andrew Luck did two hours before kickoff.


There was Luck on the field, challenging his ankle injury with the important side-to-side movement that is a very important hurdle for the quarterback to clear.


Seeing Luck drill laterally is vital, especially given what Chris Ballard said earlier this week about where the quarterback was at rehab wise.


“The issue right now is the side-to-side stuff and kind of the rolling of the ankle,” Ballard said. “Anything front, back and forth, is pretty good. Standing there and throwing is good. It’s the moving in the pocket, those are the kinds of things we have to get him better at.”


Luck was a spectator for Saturday’s preseason home opener, as he has missed the three weeks of practice work (12 practices).


The encouraging video could lead to Luck’s return at practice this coming week, although Frank Reich provided no update on that after Saturday's game. And it should be noted that Luck was willing to go through this workout in the very public setting of an NFL stadium, where cameras are all over the place for pre-game video.


“Really no further update other than that (Luck) had a good workout today and we will evaluate him in the next couple of days," Reich said after the 21-18 loss to the Colts.


This week is the final full week of practice the Colts will have until the start of the regular season.


Getting Luck into practice is obviously the next step for him. He must also show that the activity like we saw on Saturday, and his participation in practices, doesn’t cause persistent pain when he’s recovering and bouncing back from the day-to-day on-field work.


Can Luck accomplish those things laterally, and avoid the pain post-workout, which is so key for him to be at his normal self from a mobility standpoint in game action?


Frank Reich mentioned on Wednesday that the Colts would like to know Luck’s status for Week 1 by the end of next weekend, when the staff ramps up their game plan in tailoring things for their starting quarterback.


If Saturday’s pre-game work from Luck is any indication, that looks like a guy who could handle being under center when the regular season opens up in 22 days.


The Colts will return to practice on Tuesday, as they treat this upcoming week like a regular season schedule, with practice running Tuesday-Thursay.



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