Andrew Luck nervous, excited to return to football: ‘We have a lot to do’


Andrew Luck talks to reporters on July 25, 2018

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WESTFIELD, Ind. — Expect Andrew Luck to be in the lineup when the Indianapolis Colts open their preseason against Seattle.

While speaking to reporters Wednesday, head coach Frank Reich was asked if the star quarterback would play in the team’s first preseason game.

“I would plan on him playing in Seattle,” Reich said.

Luck is recovering from a shoulder injury that kept him out all of last season. GM Chris Ballard previously said Luck would be “good to go” for training camp and wouldn’t have any limitations.

During a media availability Wednesday, Luck said he was “super stoked” for the upcoming season and said this is the best he’s felt in a “long, long time.”

“We have a lot to do. A lot of work to do. But I know if I keep the same attitude and perspective of improving every day, we will end up in a good spot,” Luck said.

Luck said he’s nervous ahead of camp and understood the intense interest about his status.

“There are many, many, many steps to go,” he said. “This is one of them. I know I sound like a bit of a broken record and it is cliche, but I believe it. It’s fun to be here and fun to look back and look at the steps I have taken. Look how far I have come. Look how far this team has come. But we have got a lot of work to do. I have got a lot of work to do.”

Luck said he’s eager to get back on the field and admitted there could be some rust. He said he was both nervous and excited about returning and knows he’ll have to make smarter decisions on the field and do a better job of protecting himself.

“There are hits that I could’ve avoided taking. There are times when the ball could’ve been thrown away or another decision made that would have maybe spared me a hit here or there,” he said.

Luck said his rehab work was lonely at times. He’s excited to be back with his teammates.

“A lot of it has been alone, and it can get somewhat lonely at times. To be back and get to work with the guys and be around the guys and do individual [drills] like the past couple days and not think about my arm and to sort of let go of that governor has been awesome. It has been liberating and refreshing in a sense.”

The Colts open the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, Aug. 9. The game will be broadcast on our newsgathering partners at FOX59.

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