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As Indianapolis Star staffer Stephen Holder first reported, Colts general manager Chris Ballard announced on Monday that Luck would open camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Luck had surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder and only began throwing last week. It's still unclear when he will be cleared to practice, but Ballard says he is hopeful that Luck will be activated before the Sept. 10 season opener in Los Angeles against the Rams.
Ballard added that Luck's progressing well, with his weight gain on target as he works to build strength.
"We're exactly where I thought we'd be at this time," Ballard added.
As PFT suggests, "In a macro view, that's fine, but because Luck's so central to everything they do, anything other than perfect health is going to cast a cloud over everything the team does. ..."
Indeed, as NFL.com's Chris Wesseling noted, Luck's status will be one of the NFL's major storylines of August. The fact that Ballard is reluctant to promise that the starting quarterback will practice before Week 1 has to be a concern for fantasy owners interested in any of the team's skills players.
Elsewhere. ... The Vikings placed running back Latavius Murray on the physically unable to perform list Monday.
Murray was signed away from Oakland for a three-year, $15 million deal as a free agent, with $8.55 million guaranteed. But he missed the entire offseason program following ankle surgery in March. The Vikings said they were aware he needed the surgery when they signed him. This move seems precautionary, but we'll be watching for more in coming days.
In the meantime, rookie Dalvin Cook will get ample opportunity to seize the primary role in the Vikings' backfield.