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Cue the sirens: Andrew Luck finally threw a football

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Wednesday’s Rise ‘n Grind takes a look at Luck’s return to the practice field, minicamp holdouts, and kickers who take no pity on their families in games of kickball.

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There have been so many lies and so much uncertainty regarding Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury that it got to a point where I was only going to believe he was going to throw a football again once I actually saw it happen.

Well, I’ve seen it; or at least video of it! Luck has officially thrown a football for the first time since suffering a setback on his shoulder recovery in October 2017. With that said, it wasn’t an NFL-regulation football, but a football typically used in high school games.

Luck last played in an NFL game on Jan. 1, 2017, the final game of the 2016 season. But, his injury initially occurred on Sept. 27, 2015. He didn’t have surgery until Jan. 19, 2017, which initiated a long and confusing road to recovery for Luck.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said on Tuesday he believes Luck will have “no limitations” for training camp, which begins in the final week of July. Again, I’ll believe it when I see it as Luck isn’t even throwing NFL footballs yet. But, Tuesday was a step in the right direction for the Colts quarterback.


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What NFL fans are talking about today

Deshawn Watson is practicing without a knee brace, which is great news for the Texans.

Christian Hackenberg lasted 21 days with the Raiders.

Wait a minute! We thought the Patriots have a “no days off” policy?!

The list of minicamp holdouts is growing. Taylor Lewan, David Johnson, and Aaron Donald joined Julio Jones on the list of players skipping out on mandatory minicamp ... not that it matters.

Randy Gregory could soon be back with the Cowboys.

And, over in Cincinnati, seventh-round pick and rookie quarterback Logan Woodside was arrested on a DUI charge. Meanwhile, tight end Tyler Eifert still isn’t healthy, which could be a bigger issue for the Bengals.


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Dear Graham Gano, this is the opposite of not kicking the ball hard.