Colts’ Andrew Luck returns to Colts’ locker room, talks about life in NFL
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will return to the locker room on Thursday for a short meeting with Colts management.
Luck will meet with the team’s executive vice president of football operations and chief financial officer, as well as the general manager and head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, Mark Anderson.
Luck told reporters Wednesday that he and Anderson discussed the team-building process in a closed-door meeting Wednesday.
Luck was asked what his priorities were heading into the season.
“It’s pretty simple.
We need to be better.
We’re not good enough.
And it’s time to start working on those,” Luck said.
Luck also acknowledged the team needed to improve on defense and added that the team needs to improve its ability to play in space.
“We need to play faster.
We have to play with more aggressiveness,” Luck added.
“The things we’re working on, the things we need to improve, the thing that has been a constant over the years is how we play together, how we compete together.”
Luck was on the practice field Wednesday but did not participate in team drills.
Luck is one of several Colts players on injured reserve, meaning they cannot practice or participate in organized team activities, the first step toward returning to the lineup.
The Colts had a three-day break from training camp, which was canceled for a period of time after Luck’s concussion.
Luck said he expects to play Thursday, although the Colts will not make a decision until he is cleared to play.
“I feel like I’m close.
I feel good.
I’m getting stronger,” Luck told the team website.
“Hopefully I can be ready for the season, but I don’t know.
I haven’t seen the game yet.”
Luck said Wednesday that the Colts are planning to practice on Thursday and Friday, although he said he could not confirm if he would play.
Luck did say that the goal of this offseason is to be “better than what we have been.”
“Hopefully we’re better than what the past few years have been,” Luck stated.
Luck added that he was excited to be able to help the Colts and that the offseason is about building.
“Obviously I love the team and the fans.
I love playing in Indianapolis.
I know that’s what we’re all about.
And to get back in the game and help the team in any way I can, I’m excited to do that,” Luck continued.
Luck’s return will be a welcome sight for fans.
The team’s last win in Indianapolis came on Sept. 26, 2015, when Luck threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score.
Luck threw three touchdown passes against the Colts in Week 2, a game that the NFL said was one of the worst in the franchise’s history.
The two games have been dubbed “the last of the Peyton Manning era.”
The Colts have a 3-6 record in Luck’s three seasons.
Luck has thrown for 4,065 yards and 35 touchdowns and has been sacked 21 times.
The NFL said last week that the concussion will sideline Luck for a minimum of six weeks.
The veteran quarterback is scheduled to undergo tests for the second time on Thursday, though it’s unclear if he will be able return before training camp.
Luck spent time in the hospital Wednesday after suffering a concussion in a win over the Detroit Lions on Sept., 23.
The Broncos’ Peyton Manning is one year removed from a similar incident that led to him being placed on injured reserved.
The Denver Broncos’ offense and defense have been among the NFL’s worst in each of the past two seasons.
Manning is in his fourth season with the Broncos and has thrown at least seven touchdown passes in each season of his career.