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Colts GM: No timeline for Andrew Luck's return

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts aren't rushing Andrew Luck back onto the field.

Though it was not a surprise revelation Wednesday, new Colts general manager Chris Ballard said that he spoke with Luck but preferred to keep their conversation private. Luck had surgery on his throwing shoulder back at the end of January.

"We're going to follow -- we all know how important Andrew is to this organization," Ballard said. "We're going to do the best thing for Andrew Luck. We're going to follow doctor's orders and when he's ready he's ready."

He added: "I'll keep that conversation between me and Andrew. He's a great human being as you all know. The Indianapolis Colts are fortunate to have him. He's rehabbing, he's doing everything the doctors are telling him. We'll go strictly on the doctor's orders. He's been there every day I've been in the building. Andrew has been sitting there working, rehabbing, doing everything that needs to be done."

Ballard has been on a white-knuckle ride since taking over the general manager gig in late January, but seeing Luck in the building rehabbing has to provide some sense of peace. Indianapolis has seen the future of their franchise already play through shoulder pain and through a lacerated kidney in the past. Getting him on the field completely healthy can negate so many of the holes Indianapolis has across their offense.

Ballard preached patience on Wednesday though he would not call his current situation a rebuild. It might not be, if Luck can return to form.

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