Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck will return to live action tonight in his first game since the 2016 season. Likely to only get his feet wet with a few snaps in the first series, Luck and the Colts will go against the Seattle Seahawks in their first preseason game of the season.
“Yeah, there were one or two moments where I wondered if, ‘Am I ever going to be able to do this again?’” Luck told reporters from training camp. “I will be excited, I know I will… I am sure I will be very nervous as well.”
Luck missed all of last season with a lingering shoulder injury that first happened in 2015. The first overall pick in 2012 came back in 2016 after missing half of the 2015 season and threw for an impressive 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns. Luck played through the injury for the entire 2016 season which is why fans were surprised when he missed the 2017 campaign.
Early in his career, Luck drew a lot of comparisons the former Colts QB Peyton Manning but differed from the future Hall of Famer in his ability to scramble. When healthy, Luck can be of the most deadly QBs in the NFL as he proved in 2013 when he carried his team to the AFC Championship game where they lost to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
In his first game in 585 days, Luck will be looking to just get a feel for the game again and find his rhythm. Week 1 of the preseason is usually when QBs play the first drive or two and then sit the rest of the game whereas week 3 of the preseason is when the starters tend to get in more reps.