Luck's treatment and rehab of his surgically shoulder apparently is going well, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. When he resumes throwing in the near future, those throws will be determined whether he needs corrective surgery in January to address the setbacks that unexpectedly sidelined him for the 2017 season, according to the report.
If the pain returns during the throwing stage, an urgent discussion will occur for Luck to undergo a corrective surgery that involves relocating the biceps tendon that is attached to the repaired labrum, ESPN reported.
The previous throwing regimen by Luck resulted in a setback. The Colts decided to place Luck on injured reserve Nov. 2 following his visit with doctors to ask why he still had soreness in his right shoulder. The move ended months of speculation about whether Luck would play this season. The specific pain Luck previously experienced was attributed to biceps tendinitis, ESPN reported.
Luck, who has not taken a snap in a game since Week 17 last season, underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum on Jan. 15.
Luck is optimistic he can avoid another surgery based on the results of his extended European treatment and rehab, sources told ESPN. He is scheduled to return from his trip in the next week.
The Colts selected Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in 2012 and he started every game during his first three seasons. The Colts went to the playoffs, including the AFC Championship Game in 2014, in each of those seasons.
Luck was coming off perhaps his best overall performance in his six-year NFL career after playing in just seven games in 2015 due to a variety of injuries that included an abdominal muscle tear. In June 2016, the Colts signed him to a five-year, $122.9 million contract extension and he went on that season to complete 346 of 545 passes (63.5 percent) for 4,240 yards with 31 touchdowns to 13 interceptions, and also ran 64 times for 341 yards with two more scores.
For his career, the three-time Pro Bowler has completed 1,570 of 2,651 passes (59.2 percent) for 19,078 yards with 132 touchdowns to 68 interceptions, and has 286 rushing attempts for 1,442 yards and 14 more TDs.