In 2011, Peyton Manning (then still with the Indianapolis Colts) went to Europe to have a procedure done on his neck. In 2017, Andrew Luck (still with the Colts) will do the same for his injured throwing shoulder.
At least to the general public, there’s not a whole lot of specific details surrounding any procedure(s) Luck plans to have.
#Colts QB Andrew Luck is headed to Europe for treatment, as @MikeWellsNFL said. He’s trying a couple of new techniques to get pain under control and get everything in the shoulder balanced in terms of all muscles working together.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 11, 2017
This adds another layer to the Luck fiasco. A couple days prior, former Colts head coach Tony Dungy was on the Dan Patrick Show and – while apparently thinking they were off-air – said “I don’t know what’s going on there. [Colts owner] Jim Irsay made a comment to me about six weeks ago, ‘It’s inside his head now.'”
Dungy’s remarks make one wonder how much trust there is on either side of the Luck/Colts situation. Clearly, Indianapolis management had planned for Luck to play this season. In his interview, Dungy even suggested the Colts thought Luck would play Week One. On the other hand, there’s clearly something wrong with Luck. The origin of his shoulder injury goes back to Week Three … of 2015. Since then, he’s also missed time due to a lacerated kidney and concussion. But he’s tried playing through the shoulder injury several times only to miss more time. Why is Luck’s shoulder worse off in 2017 than it was when it was originally injured more than two years ago?
For Dungy’s part, once it was apparent he was on-air with Patrick, his answer was noticeably more neutral, saying:
“I’m concerned about [Luck’s] physical health. Where is he? Because he’s going to throw, he’s not going to throw, he’s not going to throw 100 percent. We thought he was going to be ready, he’s not going to be ready. Where is he physically?”