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Monday’s NFL: Luck will miss start of Colts camp

Associated Press

Indianapolis — Andrew Luck’s surgically repaired right shoulder will keep him out for the start of training camp.

How much more time he’ll miss is still unclear.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard told reporters Monday the team’s franchise quarterback would go on the physically unable to perform list when players report to camp Saturday.

“I want to make this very clear: Andrew has not had a setback. This is all part of the process,” Ballard said.

“The long-term prognosis is very good and that is very positive. We are going to follow the doctors’ orders and the process.”

Luck, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, had surgery in January to repair a partially torn labrum. He did not participate in any of offseason workouts and the Colts knew all along there was a good chance he would still be recovering during camp.

Ballard said Luck did not start throwing until last week.

The next step, Ballard said, is working on his throwing motion and regaining strength in his right arm.

Still, the Colts have avoided establishing a timeline for when Luck will start taking snaps or whether he would be ready for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Rams.

The reason: Ballard doesn’t want to rush his best young player back.

“I don’t worry about when he plays or where he plays,” Ballard said when asked if Luck needs some preseason action. “Mr. (Jim) Irsay and I have had some long conversations about the next step, and the next step is practice.

“Right now, he’s still finishing up rehab.”

Luck was not available Monday because veterans aren’t required to be at the team complex until Saturday.

He has said the injury occurred initially on Sept. 27, 2015 at Tennessee.

“I feel and see myself getting better every day, every week, and that’s sort of something that you can hang your hat on,” Luck said during Indy’s three-day minicamp in June.

Extra points

John Elway agreed to a new five-year contract as general manager and executive vice president of football operations for the Broncos.

... Brett Veach was officially announced as the Chiefs general manager.

Veach, a former co-director of player personnel, began his career as an intern with the Eagles when current Chiefs coach Andy Reid was in Philadelphia. He joined the Chiefs staff when Reid came in 2013.

Veach replaces John Dorsey, who was fired June 22.

“I’m not going to say anything negative about John or the job he did as general manager of the Chiefs,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said of Dorsey.

... Former Cowboys star Michael Irvin will not be charged with sexual assault after Florida prosecutors said hotel video and other evidence aren’t sufficient to prove his accuser’s allegations.

Broward County Assistant State Attorney Christine Adler wrote in a report without additional corroboration of the accuser’s account, prosecutors “would not be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a sexual battery occurred.”

A 27-year-old woman accused Irvin of drugging and sexually assaulting her at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale in March.

... The Vikings placed running back Latavius Murray on the physically unable to perform list Monday, and put defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd on the non-football injury list.

Murray was signed away from Oakland for a three-year, $15 million deal as a free agent. But he missed the entire offseason program following ankle surgery in March

Floyd missed all but the 2016 opener after having right knee surgery and then experiencing complications in his recovery.

... Cowboys wide receiver/kick returner Lucky Whitehead had a warrant out for his arrest after a shoplifting arrest June 22 in Virginia and his failure to appear in court July 6.

The court date has been reset to Aug. 10, per court records.

... Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman saved a man from choking at a Texas airport over the weekend.

Freeman tells the Chicago Tribune he was eating at a restaurant in the Austin airport while awaiting a flight to Chicago on Sunday when he noticed a man frantically running around a neighboring table.

A woman recognized the man was choking and tried the Heimlich maneuver, but Freeman says she wasn’t forceful enough to dislodge the food stuck in the man’s airway.

Freeman says he rushed in like he was “ready to make a tackle” and successfully performed the maneuver.