QB Luck: Shoulder is 'stronger, more stable'

3:21 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS —

While Donte Montcrief has the tools to be a top wideout in the league, the fourth-year player has never quite put it all together with the Colts.

Luck looked and talked like a person that’s mentally drained from the entire shoulder process. He had several long pauses between answers and looked down often during the 15-minute press conference.

Luck originally injured the shoulder in Week 3 of the 2015 season. He played in four more games that season before sustaining a season-ending lacerated kidney in Week 9. Luck re-injured the shoulder while attempting to make a tackle after throwing an interception against Denver in Week 2 of the 2016 season. He played in 15 of 16 games that year; the lone game he missed was because of a concussion. Luck was also limited in practice at least one day each week last season.

Luck finally had surgery on the shoulder last January. Owner Jim Irsay tweeted on January 19 that his quarterback would be ready for the start of this season. Luck missed all of the team’s offseason workouts, all of training camp and eventually all of this season after his shoulder wasn’t getting better after he started practicing with the team.

Luck, who hadn’t missed a snap during his first three seasons, will have missed 26 games over the past three seasons by the end of this season.

“I’ve never entertained the thoughts that this is (career-ending),” Luck said. “Sure, it’s crossed my mind. But I don’t think that at all, at all.”

“I’m very optimistic. I feel really good today. I do not think I need another surgery. I believe in the process that I’m in right now. I’ve gotten great help and hope to continue to get better. I plan on being ready for everything, everything official, offseason, NFL schedule. I plan on being ready.”

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck

The ongoing saga surrounding Luck’s right shoulder had Irsay say on Aug. 13 that, “all sports is played on a 4-inch field between your ears. It’s really important we continue to help Andrew emotionally, mentally, get his confidence and his endorsement, deep down his rubber stamp (in) his heart of hearts because in the end, that carries the biggest weight.”

Luck admitted it has been mentally draining.

“I think there are mental things that anybody who’s injured has to go through with any surgery – not just football, any part of life,” he said. “That’s something you have to work through, and the frustration of not being out there is part of it. And the understanding, I think naturally I’m somewhat of an impatient person, and understanding that patience truly is a virtue and it is necessary in situations, has been important for me to understand.”

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