The Indianapolis Colts plan to get quarterback Andrew Luck involved in the team's April workouts, Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Wednesday on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis, per the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer.
According to Ballard, the Colts "will ease" Luck back in to the offseason training process as he recovers from the shoulder injury that wiped out his 2017 season.
While Wednesday's announcement only represents a small step in Luck's recovery, it's at least a step in the right direction.
The fact Luck has missed so much time already was clearly a cause for concern among Colts fans. The prolonged timeline for his recovery has added even more worry. Luck traveled to the Netherlands last fall in order to speed the process up, but he was still unable to throw a football in January.
That was a full year after Luck had the procedure on his shoulder.
Ballard, however, remained confident at the NFL Scouting Combine in February the three-time Pro Bowler would be healthy in time for the start of the 2018 season.
"Do I have any doubt that he's going to be ready? No, I don't," he told reporters.
The Colts trading the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft to the New York Jets was another indicator the team is optimistic about Luck's health. By moving back three spots in the first round, Indianapolis likely forfeited the chance to select one of the top quarterbacks in this year's class.