Andrew Luck incorporates throwing into rehab; ‘fair, intense amount’


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 2, 2015) – It wasn’t quite dueling quarterbacks Wednesday afternoon, but Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck kept the media busy in the locker room.

First, Luck offered a personal update. He’s feeling better while recovering from a lacerated kidney, and revealed he’s amped up his workouts. His rehab now includes throwing the football.

“Feeling better every day,’’ Luck said. “Getting some good work in, getting back into it and keep working day by day. No timetable right now. I’m still focusing on making improvements every day.

“I’m throwing a little and getting back out there, which is always fun. It felt good. I’ve thrown a couple times in the past week. Each day you sort of ramp up the intensity and make sure that when I am able to come back that I’m not missing a beat.’’

There’s throwing, and then there’s throwing. How would Luck categorize the level of his throwing?

“A fair, intense amount,’’ he said.

Again, it’s uncertain when Luck might return. He’s already missed the past two games with the kidney injury, and the initial 2-to-6 week prognosis would have him back for the Dec. 27 trip to Miami.

How will he know when the kidney is completely healed?

“Yeah, a scan will let you know,’’ Luck said, adding the team doctors also will be involved in the final decision.

Shortly after Luck’s session ended, the media migrated to the starting quarterback’s locker. That would be Hasselbeck.

Initially, he addressed the next hurdle, Sunday night’s visit to Pittsburgh.

“They’re a good defense,’’ he said of the Steelers. “They blitz probably more than anybody else that we’ve seen.’’

At one point, Hasselbeck was asked if he’s paid attention to the national discussion that he should remain the Colts’ starting QB even when Luck is ready to return. He’s 4-0 with seven touchdown passes and two interceptions as a starter while Luck has missed time with shoulder and kidney injuries. Luck is 2-5 with 15 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and one lost fumble.

Hasselbeck’s disdain for the subject matter was obvious.

“I know the truth. I know what the reality is,’’ he said. “This is 100 percent Andrew Luck’s team. Not only is he the quarterback of the future, he’s the quarterback of the past. Every bit of respect he gets in this locker room, he has earned it. Nothing has been given to him.

“It’s his team, absolutely. I think he and I are clear on that. I’ve tried to be very respectful. Even when they ask me if there’s something I like in the offense, before I even speak on it, I’ll realize here shortly it’ll be Andrew under center.

“I don’t put anything into those kinds of comments outside the building, and I don’t even think that would be discussed inside this building. It’s kind of a non-starter.’’

More drug testing:

Early Wednesday, Hasselbeck used his Twitter account to announce he once again was the subject of one of the NFL’s random drug tests. It wasn’t his first.

“It seems like it’s picked up since I’ve been in Indy,’’ he said. “I think maybe it’s picked up overall for everybody.

“I usually tweet that I’m random drug testing. I’m not randomly testing drugs, though. There’s a difference.’’

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