After missing all of the 2017 season with a shoulder injury, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck returned to the field against the Seahawks. In doing so, Luck provided proof that he’s actually healthy enough to take a snap, drop back to pass behind an offensive line blocking real life pass rushers, and throw an actual football. 

Andrew Luck is back, completing third-down conversions for the first time since the 2016 season — Jan. 1, 2017, to be exact.

In his two series of action, Luck led the Colts to two field goals by completing 6 of 9 passes for 64 yards and a 87.3 passer rating. He took a sack, which usually isn’t a good thing, but it might be a good thing for Luck considering he hasn’t taken a real football hit in what probably feels like forever. 

“I mean one thing we all know about Andrew — physically getting your whole entire body to take the beating that you take as a quarterback in this league,” Colts coach Frank Reich said before the game, per ESPN. “He certainly — I’m not going to say more than — but has worked as much as any quarterback of preparing himself physically. He’s got the size. Yeah, I think it is important to take that hit, get up and let’s go.”

“Part of the game, part of playing in a game is being able to go through a hurdle like getting hit, something happens, something doesn’t go right, and surviving in a sense,” Luck said in the lead up to the game. “And being able to check that box in your mind, whether it’s a hit, and there are other things.”

Well, consider that box checked.

On Thursday night, Luck briefly played football, and he survived. That might not seem like much, but for Luck and the Colts, it was the most important thing to happen against the Seahawks.

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