Andrew Luck is throwing footballs again.
Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich said Tuesday that Luck has begun to throw as part of the rehab for his surgically repaired shoulder. Luck missed the entire 2017 season because of the injury.
Reich said he hasn't seen Luck in action yet Harrison Phillips Jersey
, but the franchise quarterback is clearly making progress after spending time in California working with quarterback mechanics gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux.
Luck led the Colts to 11 wins in each of his first three seasons and went to the Pro Bowl three times. He has missed 26 games in the past three seasons and Indianapolis hasn't reached the playoffs since losing the AFC championship "Deflategate" game to New England in January 2015.
Luck is expected to participate when the Colts begin their workout program April 9.
Reich was the offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles last season and helped Carson Wentz develop into an MVP candidate before he went down with a torn ACL. Backup Nick Foles stepped in and was sensational in the playoffs, earning Super Bowl MVP honors.
Reich, who got the Colts job when Josh McDaniels backed out to return to New England as offensive coordinator, is excited to work with Luck, one of the NFL's elite QBs when healthy. Reich spoke at his first league meetings as a head coach since replacing Chuck Pagano.
The Colts were 4-12 last season but Reich saw the Eagles go from last place in 2016 to Super Bowl champs.
"No one is playing for second place Josey Jewell Jersey
," Reich said. "We're not playing to just improve. We're playing for championships. I'm not being paid (for rebuilding). There's not one ounce of me that's being patient. There's not one ounce of me that thinks we're in a rebuilding project. Every ounce of me feels like we're winning this year. We were 4-12 last year. That can turn around with a few breaks, staying healthy, a few more players and we can get it done."
The Colts will need Luck healthy to compete in the AFC South.
Indianapolis made a big trade with the New York Jets to potentially add talented players who can contribute right away. The Colts moved down just three spots, from No. 3 to No. 6 overall in the draft, and acquired two second-round picks this year and one in 2019.
Don't expect them to draft one of the top quarterbacks in the draft class: Sam Darnold Jared Veldheer Jersey
, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield.
"I think it's the best class I've ever seen," Reich joked. "They should go 1-2-3-4."
Two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin has been released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who may look for a replacement in free agency.
Martin rushed for a career-low 406 yards in 2017, when he averaged just 2.9 yards per carry after missing the first three games of the season while serving the remainder of a four-game ban for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancers.
The release comes less than two years after Martin signed a five-year Cody Kessler Jersey
, $35.75 million contract that would have paid him $6.75 million in 2018.
The 29-year-old was a first-round draft pick out of Boise State in 2012. He rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie, but was slowed by an assortment of injuries for much of the past five seasons.
He agreed to his big contract after rushing for 1,402 yards in 2016, finishing second in the league behind Adrian Peterson.
Martin lost his starting job to second-year pro Peyton Barber late last season. Tuesday's move leaves the Bucs in the market for a new featured back Andrew Billings Jersey
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