Late fumble spoils Andrew Luck's impressive return as Colts lose

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The loss took away from the moment everybody had been waiting 20 months to happen.

The throws made during minicamp, snaps taken and hits Luck took in limited action in preseason were just an appetizer. It was all about how he would handle making the necessary throws while facing pressure throughout an entire game for the first time in 616 days -- not just a handful of series in the preseason.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Luck shook off throwing an interception on his first pass to go 39-of-52 for 319 yards and two touchdowns to further prove that there's no reason to be skeptical about the quarterback's surgically repaired right shoulder.

"I was very excited to play," Luck said. "Part of what I think I've been trying to do is to sort of have that same feeling when you're a 12-year-old playing football. A young kid. Because it is a game. We do play the game. We don't work. We play football. Certain things felt a little different."2

Luck acknowledged that he was a little emotional as he sat at his locker before the game. He got emotional again when he ran through the tunnel after he was the last offensive starter announced. That's understandable when you consider that there were times during Luck's journey to recovery when he didn't know he would play football again.

"Overwhelming, I felt grateful and appreciative to be here," Luck said. "I was so excited to get to run on the field as a Colt and get to play with T.Y. [Hilton] and Jack and [Adam Vinatieri] and the new guys. It was fun. Then the game got going, and then it's one play at a time."cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Luck couldn't have been put in a better situation to take his first snap in nearly two years than when cornerback Kenny Moore returned an Andy Dalton interception to the Bengals' 7-yard line. But Luck locked in on Doyle and threw an interception three plays later. Luck had 20 touchdown passes and no interceptions in the red zone in 2016, which was his last full season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

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