Word coming from the Indianapolis Colts as training camp is about to begin is that third year safety Clayton Geathers will begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. On Monday, though, Ballard gave no indication of when Luck may join the team at training camp.
Geathers is also being placed on PUP, but will remain there for at least the first six weeks of the regular season.
Luck took the next step in the concussion protocol Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, by returning to full workouts at the Indianapolis Colts headquarters.
Luck has endured two up-and-down seasons since his breakout 2014 year where he threw for 40 touchdowns. Geathers opted for neck surgery in March to fix a bulging disk he injured in a week eleven matchup against the Tennessee Titans last season.
"I want to make it clear that Andrew has not had any setbacks at all in his rehab process or with his surgery", Ballard said. "I think once we get into September and October, it'll really start ramping up for him". Per Irsay, Luck was mentally drained by the weekly process of getting ready for each regular-season game because of the treatment and rehab involved in keeping his shoulder game-ready.
"In an ideal world, you nearly have two free safety-like guys and two corner-like players that have some cover abilities", Ballard said.
The bad news is he's not ready to start training camp with the rest of his teammates. The team's preseason opener is Sunday, August 13. "Hopefully going forward we'll be able to correct that".
Practices are expected to be more physical this summer, and the GM believes he'll begin to get a more true picture of the roster. Chris Ballard has done everything in his power to build a strong defense and Geathers is expected to be a major part of it. "It'll be fun to watch here as we go along and this thing develops".
"We're exactly where I thought we were going to be at this time".