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Andrew Luck undergoes shoulder injury, expected to play entire 2017 season

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Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback Andrew Luck underwent surgery on his right shoulder this week and he is expected to be 100% healthy for the entire 2017 NFL regular season. Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed the news via multiple reports on Thursday.

The recovery period is expected to last during the offseason and could last until training camp. Reports add that Luck did not have any problems with the right shoulder surgery during operation but he might miss the team’s offseason workout program.

Colts owner confirms Andrew Luck successful surgery on shoulder

Irsay said in a tweet Thursday that Luck is already “recovering from a successful outpatient surgery to fix right shoulder injury”. The Colts owner added that it’s the same hurt shoulder that has been lingering since the 2015 season.

Luck played just seven games in the 2015 season but played 15 games last season. The game he missed was because of the concussion. So he was playing with the right shoulder injury for the entire season.

According to reports, Luck hurt the shoulder in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos and aggravated the injury he suffered a year before. But the Colts still played Luck the rest of the season and opted to delay surgery on the shoulder after the season.

That’s a questionable move for the Colts since they gave Luck a new five-year deal worth $122.97 million in 2016. Risking his shoulder the entire year is dangerous since the team owes him about $25 million per season until 2021.

Despite the hurt shoulder, Luck still had 4,240 passing yards on 346 of 545 completions, or 63.5% completion rate. He registered 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the year.

With the 27 year old Luck under center, the Colts had 8 wins against 8 losses last season and missed the playoffs. This is the second straight season that they missed the playoffs.

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