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Andrew Luck should be back in his old spot when the Indianapolis Colts open training camp next week.

 

Yes Josh Allen Jersey , he'll be behind center. Yes, he'll take some extra days off. And, no, he may not play the usual preseason rotation.

But when he's on the field, general manager Chris Ballard expects to see the same old Luck 鈥攖hrowing passes without limitations for the first time in more than 18 months.

"He's good to go," Ballard said Friday during a media tour of the team's new camp site at Grand Park Sports Campus in a northern Indianapolis suburb. "Like (coach) Frank (Reich) and Andrew talked about at minicamp, we'll try to mimic it like a regular season week. He's going to have days off. He's not going to throw seven days a week."

Players were not available for interviews Friday.

Luck's return is the best news yet for a team trying to rebound from a 4-12 season and a third consecutive year without a playoff appearance.

Luck said he played through a sore right shoulder in 2015 and eventually opted for surgery on the partially torn labrum in January 2017. He missed all of last season as he tried to rehab.

Two weeks after Luck started to throw in October, he was shut down after complaining of lingering pain. In early November, he was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list and didn't resume throwing publicly again until last month's three-day mandatory minicamp.

He's spent the last five weeks working out in California.

"I haven't been with him, but I've seen enough throws that I know he's throwing the ball pretty well," Ballard said before reflecting on his thoughts from last month's throwing sessions. "I thought the first day there was one ball on a swing pass, 'OK, there you go, he really let it go.' The next day, there were four to five balls he really let go. I think that'll be the case when you get to camp."

The plan calls for Luck to throw about four days per week at camp 鈥?simulating his regular-season routine.

But nobody can say with certainty when Jets Sam Darnold Jersey , or if, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012 will regain his Pro Bowl form.

"I think we'll get questions until he lines up and plays again, and plays high-level football again," Ballard said. "I can see the panic the first time he throws an interception. It's just part of what we do. He understands it. He gets it."

Ballard acknowledged Luck needs to take "live reps" during camp and indicated Luck would likely see some preseason action. How much time is still to be determined, and Ballard declined to say whether Luck would play in Indy's preseason opener, Aug. 9 at Seattle.

Luck isn't the only player who will be watched closely.

Starting safeties Clayton Geathers and Malik Hooker are both expected to open camp on the physically unable to perform list next week. Geathers had offseason knee surgery 鈥?what Ballard described as a "clean-up" procedure 鈥?while Hooker is rehabbing from torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee.

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo and left guard Jeremy Vujnovich also could be placed on PUP. Castonzo pulled a hamstring while working out last week. Vujnovich, who started all 16 games last season, is recovering from a pulled calf muscle.

The Colts report to camp Wednesday and will work out in Westfield through Aug. 18.

As NFL training camps opened this week, complete with interminable speculation about position battles, rookies who might make an impact and what players can or can't do while "The Star-Spangled Banner" is playing, let's remember two players who aren't suiting up.

Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are good enough to be playing for someone.

That much is beyond debate.

But the league has decided to make an example of them, a clear warning to its employees that only so much social activism will be tolerated even while it feigns a sense of respecting their desire to protest during the national anthem.

If the NFL were really concerned about its players, it wouldn't be denying these two their well-earned right to make a living.

Rest assured, history won't be kind when it looks back on the way Kaepernick and Reid were treated by the NFL.

"Both of those guys are NFL talents. Both of them are quality players that can contribute to a roster and contribute to a team winning. They've proven it," New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson said. "I do think that 100 percent of the reason why they're not on a roster is the other stuff that they're standing for is outweighing the risk a team wants to take to put them on a roster."

Kaepernick and Reid are following the same path as social warriors who came before them.

Muhammad Ali Cheap Customized Green Bay Packers Jerseys , who was stripped of his heavyweight boxing title and barred from the ring for more than three years after he refused induction into the military during the Vietnam War.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who defiantly stood with their fists in the air on the medal podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest the way black people were 鈥?and still are 鈥?being treated in America.

Ali, Smith and Carlos were vilified at the time.

Now, they're viewed at heroes 鈥?but only after making huge personal, professional and financial sacrifices to stand up for what they believed.

Kaepernick and Reid are making those same sacrifices.

"I do think it's sad and I want those guys to be on teams because I know they're good enough to play," Watson said. "I hate to see them not be employed in the National Football League, where they should be, simply because they decided to protest and bring attention to systemic oppression, police brutality, injustice 鈥?all the things they stated over and over again, which I think are things that we all should be concerned about."

As of Friday, Kaepernick has gone 572 days since his last snap in the NFL. Tellingly enough, he turned in one of his better performances in what might go down as his final game.

On New Year's Day 2017, playing behind a leaky offensive line that left him running for his life (he was sacked five times), Kaepernick completed 17 of 22 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco's 25-23 loss to Seattle. His 122.3 rating was the seventh highest of his 69 career games.

But the NFL would have you believe he's not good enough to play in a league that will employ just under 100 quarterbacks this season Authentic Martin Fehervary Jersey , many of them older than Kaepernick (who is still more than three months shy of his 31st birthday, presumably just entering what should be his prime years) and lacking a resume that includes leading his team to the Super Bowl.

Of course, we all know the real reason Kaepernick has effectively been blacklisted from the league 鈥?his decision to first sit, then kneel during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season, sparking a debate that carried all the way to the White House.

Reid bravely joined Kaepernick in his stoic, symbolic gesture, and carried on the kneeling when his former teammate was sidelined for the entire 2016 season.

For that, he's now paying the price.

Despite being beyond qualified for a spot in the NFL 鈥?26 years old, a former first-round pick, a starter in 69 of 70 games over five years with the 49ers, 10 career interceptions, an average of 65 tackles per season, a Pro Bowler in 2013 鈥?Reid has been deemed unworthy of employment by each and every one of the league's 32 teams.

What makes the treatment of Kaepernick and Reid even more perplexing: The owners and their non-blacklisted players continue to be locked in a back-and-forth squabble over whether protesting during the anthem is a legitimate way to address social injustice in this country.

(Spoiler alert: It is.)

The issue remains a thorn in the league's side, even after Kaepernick and Reid were cast aside.

"Nothing lasts forever, and this is coming close to lasting way too long Chiefs Game Jerseys ," Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown groaned.

Before there's any more discussion about sitting or kneeling or staying in the locker room, the players 鈥?all of them, black and white 鈥?should demand justice for Kaepernick and Reid.

While both have filed collusion grievances, the NFL has lots of highly paid lawyers who will surely try to drag this thing out as long as possible, soaking up prime seasons they'll never get back.

But all those players who are lucky enough to have a job, some of whom were just as visible and vocal in their calls for social justice, should be pondering what they can do to help get Kaepernick and Reid back on the field.

Maybe a one-day sickout during training camp. Or kneeling en masse before the first game. Perhaps, as a last resort, they should consider an actual strike.

Like Kaepernick and Reid, they need to be willing to make some huge sacrifices.

After all, they could be next.

Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry@ap.org or at pnewberry1963 His work can be found at s://apnews/search/paul%20newberry

 

AP Sports Writers Brett Martel in New Orleans and Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this report.

 

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