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So I hope to continue to get better.

In his first media confab since October 12, the most irreplaceable Colt addressed several topics.

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Through it all, his optimism seemed genuine.

"I don't see (the 2018 season) being in jeopardy at all", Luck added. "I feel really good today. I think I'm on the right progression and I'm trusting in that, so we're in the process now of preparing to get a football in my hands pretty soon". I believe in the process I'm in right now.

"I plan on being ready for everything", he said referring to the offseason schedule. "But the pain has significantly gone down, and that's why I feel so optimistic about the process and the plan that's ahead of me".

He has not yet resumed throwing and insists he is confident additional surgery will not be necessary.

The process began shortly after the Colts placed the quarterback on season-ending injured reserve on November 2 and was the subject of much speculation.

The Colts (3-12) have certainly struggled this season without Luck as they sit at the bottom of the AFC South standings. The Colts are 43-27 with him under center, 9-16 when it's been someone else. I really don't want to skip steps along the way. "So I think it's been very productive and it's also nice to be back".

But his work in The Netherlands has helped. He had no injections or medical procedures. He attempted to come back during the season but was shut down when his shoulder didn't respond after light throwing.

An emotionally drained Luck addressed that topic with the media for almost 20 minutes Friday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center in his first public comments since October. "He's a monster. So I know he's attacking his rehab full strength, giving everything he's got". We are on a progression.

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"I'd like to start as soon as I can".

The possible corrective surgery, called tenodesis, would require another three to six months of recovery. That could threaten his availability for '18.

"My gut and my feeling tells me that I do not need another surgery". "I think I need to work more and more time and to stay on this straight and narrow, if you will".

"I'm not exactly where I want to be", he said.

Clearly, missing the entire season has gnawed at him. He said he's "not going to act like I'm unique ... the injury rate is 100 percent in this league", but added that it hasn't been easy watching his teammates play from the sideline or from afar.

"It's hard to describe", Luck said.

"To miss that is hard". "You just don't feel like you can contribute". It feels weird, but I don't feel like I'm part of this team right now and you can ask any guy that's on IR.

"I've never entertained the thoughts that this is (career-ending)", he said. And I do not think I need another surgery. Luck paused for several seconds.

"With football, what I value most about it are your team-mates".

Luck said the shoulder feels stronger and more stable, and he has more confidence in it.

Much was made of owner Jim Irsay's comments that part of the quarterback's battle was mental, with some suggesting Luck might take exception to that line of thinking. A lot of it has to do with me. "That's not true. I'm very, very happy here".

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