Published 9:49 AM EDT Sep 9, 2018
Yes, the Andrew Luck snowboarding rumors are true.
The Indianapolis Colts franchise quarterback sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder during an offseason snowboarding trip following his injury-plagued 2015 season, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Luck recovered from the injury well enough to throw for a career-best 63.5 completion percentage, 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns the next season.
It was during that same offseason, it’s important to note, that the Colts signed Luck to what was then an NFL record $140 million contract, with $47 fully guaranteed.
Luck was adamant in the NFL.com interview that the injury was not related to his prolonged rehab related to a completely different part of his throwing shoulder — the labrum he had surgery on in January of 2017 that caused him to miss the entire following season. That injury first sprouted in Week 3 of the 2015 season.
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"I don't snowboard anymore," Luck told NFL.com. "And this was after the initial injury. I went back, rehabbed it with the Colts. I've had a bunch of AC sprains, both left and right shoulder, and resolved that issue. But the labrum has been my issue, was my issue, what I worked through, what I got surgery on.”
"I've seen more doctors than I can count on two hands over the past two or three years," Luck continued, "and the consensus — unanimous — is that the AC is not an issue, nor did it have an effect. The labrum is an issue."
A Colts spokesman deferred to Luck's remarks.