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Uncertainty will surround Andrew Luck until he resumes throwing

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is about to take the next step to what will hopefully be a healthy return for the 2018 season when he heads to Southern California to work with Tom House and Adam Dedeaux, both of whom are throwing experts at the 3DQB Clinic.

The goal is get Luck a throwing regimen. The quarterback hasn’t thrown a football since the Colts shut him down due to soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder in mid-October. It's being said that Luck is "close" to throwing again.

Luck, who was out the entire 2017 offseason and training camp, didn’t even start practicing until early October. He was put on season-ending injured reserve on Nov. 2.

Since then Luck has received a cortisone shot and spent about six weeks in the Netherlands doing rehab on his shoulder. The Colts, as general manager Chris Ballard has repeatedly said, are taking a methodical approach when it comes to handling their prized $140 million quarterback.

New England’s Tom Brady, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, New Orleans’ Drew Brees and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford are some of Luck's counterparts who have worked at the 3DQB Clinic.

"I spent a lot of time with Tom over the last five years," Brady told reporters during a media session for the Super Bowl on Tuesday. "Throwing the football is a skill, and you have to work at it. ... I'm so critical of myself, of my fundamentals. I really want them to be perfect, whenever they can be. Tom's been so important in helping me understand what I need to in order to achieve that."

Luck said in late December that he expects to take part in the team’s offseason workouts once they begin in early April, though he did not come out and put a timetable when he would test his shoulder by throwing.

“We’re preparing to throw a football, if that makes sense,” Luck said at the time. “I’m sort of [on] a progression to get to that point, and a lot of it still has to do with me and getting my strength back to a better level. I still have a ways to go there and I really don’t want to skip any steps along the way. I do not think I need another surgery. I think I’m on the right path. I think I’m on the right progression and am trusting in that. We’re in the process now of sort of preparing to get a football in my hands pretty soon.”

The Colts are optimistic that Luck will be back next season, but the reality is there will likely be some leeriness when it comes to his right shoulder. It’ll likely stay that way until Luck is on the field for a regular-season game because it’s been almost 13 months since he had surgery, he hasn’t played in a game since Week 17 of the 2016 season and he’s participated in only a handful of practices since then.