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Healthy skepticism around NFL about Andrew Luck’s ability to regain form

Andrew Luck, Colts

Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck is set to make his return to the field after missing the entire 2017 season due to persistent issues to his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

However, he has been able to shift things forward in the last several months that he is ready to give it go in Week 1 action against the Cincinnati Bengals. According to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, there is still plenty of doubt about whether Luck can return to his high level of performance on the field this upcoming season.

Others just don’t believe he’ll be able to stay healthy, even if he is now.

Said one AFC director of player personnel: “There has to be a level of doubt that he’ll ever get back to 100 percent. Even if he’s healthy, is he back mentally?”

“The last time y’all saw Andrew, he threw for 4,200 yards with a f–ked up shoulder and a bad offensive line,” a high-level Colts exec said. “Just wait.”

“Everything I’ve seen or heard points to him being the same guy he was before,” said a teammate.

“Just wait,” the scout from the bar said. “We’re going to shock everyone.”

The skepticism about his ability on the field has been warranted because he is returning from a significant injury that had given his persistent issues all through last year and had even put the possibility of additional surgery on the table. Instead, Luck is now primed to go to get back on track as one of the top quarterbacks in the league while leading the Colts to a tremendous amount of success.

There will likely be a few bumps along the way as he gets back into form, but there is plenty of confidence in his ability on the field that he can recapture his previous performance within time this upcoming season. Luck hasn’t experienced any setbacks while he has continued to stay optimistic about the situation.

This will all come down to him simply proving it on the field that he can be that star quarterback that can once again be that driving force for the Colts to lead them back to the playoffs and possibly further than that.