Quarterback Andrew Luck returned to practice with the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
The Colts have not placed a timetable on Luck’s return to game action, but did not want him to return to practice until he was ready to participate on a daily basis. Luck was regular forced to sit out practices last season while coping with shoulder pain.
Jacoby Brissett is slated to start Sunday’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers. He has gone 1-2 since taking over for Scott Tolzien in Week 2.
The Colts’ game following the 49ers is at the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 16, meaning Luck’s return could come on national television on “Monday Night Football.” After the Titans game, the Colts return home to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7.
Next week marks a critical seven-game stretch in which the 1-2 Colts will play five divisional games as they battle to stay in the AFC South race.
The Colts had hoped Luck would be able to return to practice last week, but coach Chuck Pagano announced midweek that the quarterback needed more time. The team opted not to open the season with Luck on the physically unable to perform list, which would have required him to miss at least the first eight weeks of the season.