Thursday evening in Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University, in a first ever “town hall meeting” for Colts season ticket holders, owner Jim Irsay addressed fans and the media regarding a variety of subjects– including expectations for the team moving forward, the offensive line and an update on quarterback Andrew Luck.
Irsay was reassuring, saying not only was Luck healing, but he even went so far as to say that he was healing “tremendously”. Irsay also provided insight on the struggles for Luck last season, saying that he “Was really struggling, going through the process of getting ready to play.” He spoke on the type of surgery Luck underwent, claiming that it was, “A simple labrum repair…”
This is a breath of fresh air seeing as fans have only heard that he is progressing and rehabbing with no timetable of a return for the last few months. While no specific time was stated, it is promising to hear Irsay make that type of statement, and to add to optimism, rehab specialist Jamey Gordon with St. Vincent Sports Performance stated that it would be surprising if Luck was not throwing again by the beginning of training camp next month.
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— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 8, 2017
Luck and his healing aside, Jim Irsay spoke on the offensive line briefly and made a bold statement on the unit, “Let me say this: the offensive line is fixed. I am telling you guys, the offensive line is fixed.” This is music to everyone’s ears when heard spoken, but time will tell if the offensive line project is finally complete after years of experimenting with seemingly endless combinations of starters. The unit being fixed is long overdue. Irsay also spoke on his expectations for the post- Ryan Grigson era of the team.
“Lombardies” was the theme of this topic. “That’s what our goal is and I’ll be damned if we don’t get at least two of them.” Needless to say, the bar is set very high for new general manager Chris Ballard and the many new faces on the Colts’ coaching staff.