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Anthony Castonzo says Andrew Luck is training “tirelessly” with kidney injury behind him

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass in the first half an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


Despite missing the final seven games of the 2015 season, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay plans to give quarterback Andrew Luck a “shocking” contract this offseason.

It would help for Luck to be healthy first before Irsay slides that contract in front of Luck to sign.

Fortunately for the Colts, Luck seems to be progressing well as he recovers from the lacerated kidney that cut short his season. Teammate and Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo said Luck is already back working hard in his offseason program at team headquarters.

He’s extremely optimistic about the whole thing, as is his nature, and is just working tirelessly to try and get back,” Castonzo said in an interview with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “It just didn’t end up working out last season because it was a really serious injury. But I’ve seen him quite a bit at the facility working out.”

Luck was never medically cleared to return before the end of the regular season. He hasn’t played football since early November, which at least kept him from taking two more months of hits from defenders. Now that the spleen issue appears to be behind him, it should give Luck a jump on preparing for next season.

“He’s able to get his offseason started early because he didn’t have the wear-and-tear from the last half of the season so he’s good to go,” Castonzo said. “He’s making the most of the fact that he didn’t have to play those last games. As bad as it is, he’s finding a silver lining. That’s his personality -- moving forward and being the best he can be.”