Luck Didn't Know If He'd Ever Play Again

Andrew Luck's NFL career was very much in doubt

Taz and the Moose
September 07, 2018 - 10:27 am

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On Sunday, Sept. 9, at Lucas Oil Stadium, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will take meaningful NFL snaps. 

That has not happened in a long, long time.

“I would expect maybe the loudest roar they’ve heard in that stadium since he last played there in January 2017,” The NFL on CBS analyst James Lofton said on Taz & The Moose. “There’s going to be some excitement.”

The Colts, who finished 4-12 last season, host the Bengals at 1 p.m. ET.

“It’ll be interesting to see if he has noticeable butterflies because it’s been well-documented that he did not know if he was going to be able to play football again,” Lofton said. “He said he thought, ‘Oh, I’ve had the surgery, I’ll start the rehab, the pain will go away.’ The pain didn’t go away. It just continued on and on and on, and we never really got any updates on it.”

That led to wonder and doubt and speculation.

“You don’t have to get updates on injuries unless there’s a game,” Lofton said. “During the offseason when he was hurt, there was never any news. We just kept wondering: ‘All it was was a shoulder surgery. It’s minor because it’s on somebody else; it’s not on our shoulder.’ So with Andrew Luck, I think there’s going to be tremendous excitement in that building when he runs out onto the field.”

Luck, 28, completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 4,240 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2016. He has played in just 22 regular-season games since 2014.