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.
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