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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who is still rehabbing, claims he has ruled out having yet another surgery on his bum shoulder.

“Oh, [surgery] is not an option for me right now,” Luck said to ESPN. “I feel very, very good about where I am. So that ship has sailed in my mind, which is also a bit of a relief. I’m not going to lie.”

Earlier in December, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that Luck might need bicep surgery, though he did note that would depend on how he felt after completing a throwing regimen. While only a potential surgery, it would be one completely unrelated to some of the other injuries the Colts QB has been dealing with, coming with a three-to-six month return timetable attached to it.

Apparently, Luck feels good enough.

The three-time Pro Bowl gunslinger admits that being away from football last season wasn’t great, but he’s using it as a building moment.

“Yeah, so I’m in the middle of sort of a little bit of throwing, but strengthening and preparing my shoulder to be able to handle the throw load that is part of being an NFL quarterback,” Luck said. “So the focus right now is still strengthening all those muscles and making sure that my shoulder can handle it. … And as much as I have to catch myself — as much as I want to grab a ball and throw it a million times — I know I have to build up to be able to handle that point, and right now I’m in that building phase still.”

The former No. 1 overall pick is going to have himself a weird environment to come back to. Not only will he have a new head coach in Frank Reich, but Colts owner Jim Irsay has been out in public making hyperbolic statements in regard to the quarterback’s return.

Luck, who had shoulder surgery in January of last year, is looking to return to form when the NFL season begins.

Former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck says ‘the ship has sailed’ in regard to his shoulder Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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