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Colts’ Andrew Luck on long-awaited return: ‘I was very nervous’

Sporting News — chelsea.howard@performgroup.com (Chelsea Howard)

Andrew Luck made his return Thursday as he played in a game for the first time since the end of the 2016 season, and the Colts quarterback was willing to admit he was nervous after not suiting up for more than 19 months. 

"I was excited. I was nervous. I had some butterflies in my stomach," Luck said, via Indianapolis Star. "It's just a preseason game, but it's still a game."

Luck played just two series Thursday in the team's first preseason win against the Seahawks, but it was enough to help him regain his confidence and take the pressure off. Luck completed 6 of 9 passes for 64 yards and scrambled for a yard before exiting the game early in the second quarter.

“For a moment there, I was like, ‘How do I approach it?’” Luck said. “Just trying to control my emotions. Then I just said screw it. Whatever I want to think and feel, I’m going to feel it and it’ll happen. And then the pressure was off of me in a sense.”

Luck was hit twice in his return, but it didn't seem to phase him as he said afterward it was the "most excited" he's been to get knocked down.

“I think there was a sense of, ‘OK, get hit and get up and make sure you’re not broken in half on the field,’” Luck said. “It’s probably the most excited I have been and will ever be for getting hit. We got that out of the way, so we’re good.”

In June, Luck threw for the first time in months during the team's mandatory minicamp and the team has been optimistic he would be back in full health for the 2018 season.

Luck, 28, has been battling shoulder injuries that derailed all of last season as he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in January 2017. Reports initially suggested he would be ready for the 2017 opener, but his return was pushed back after he suffered a setback in practice and he was shut down last season season on Nov. 2.

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