NFL Notebook: Luck hurt shoulder in 2015, Pats expected to open with Chiefs

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Apr 3

Luck hurt shoulder in 2015Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck revealed he originally injured his surgically repaired right throwing shoulder early in the 2015 season and played through pain the last two years.Luck and the Colts decided to hold off on surgery after the 2015 season and go with rehab in his recovery. The franchise quarterback aggravated the injury last season and decided on surgery this offseason.”It originally occurred a couple years ago against (the Tennessee Titans in Week 3),” Luck told reporters during the team’s first day of voluntary offseason workouts. “We sort of sat down after that year and felt like rehab (last offseason) was the way to go.”Luck said he aggravated the shoulder in Week 2 of the 2016 season against the Denver Broncos.The surgery on Luck’s shoulder is expected to keep him out of most of the team’s nine-week offseason workout program.Pats reportedly expected to open against ChiefsThe NFL’s 2017 regular-season schedule is set to be announced later this week with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots hosting the opening game on Sept. 7.Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported Sunday that the Patriots will “almost certainly” play the Kansas City Chiefs for the “Thursday Night Football” season opener at Gillette Stadium.The Atlanta Falcons are on New England’s home schedule this season and could have been an option for a Super Bowl rematch in Week 1. But the Falcons are likely to open the season at home on “Sunday Night Football” to debut their new stadium, according to the report.The Chiefs went 12-4 last season and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs after winning the second seed in the conference as the AFC West champions.The Patriots’ other home opponents in 2017 include the Houston Texans, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.CB Jones blows up at reporterCornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals yelled at a reporter in his first meeting with the media since his arrest in January on multiple misdemeanor charges.Jones was incensed after he was asked by a local television reporter if he had anything to prove to Cincinnati’s fans in the wake of the arrest on Jan. 3.The question came shortly after Jones, in a response to the same reporter, thanked the organization, coaches, players and fans for publicly supporting him during his latest off-field incident.Before the interview, Jones said he would not be taking any questions relating to the arrest.”Didn’t I just tell you to not ask me that?” Jones said. “You out [of this interview]. Turn around. Go back, go back that way. Bye. See you. Next question.”Multiple media outlets reported that Jones followed the reporter and cursed him for the line of questioning, eventually causing Bengals coach Marvin Jones to intercede.Martin returns to BucsTampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was back for the first day of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program.Late in December, Martin left the team to enter a treatment facility after announcing he violated the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy and would serve a four-game suspension.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Martin was out of rehab “and in a good place.”Bucs general manager Jason Licht confirmed Martin’s attendance for the voluntary workouts.Albert holding out for new deal in JaxNewly acquired Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Branden Albert was not present for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Albert missed the Jaguars’ first team meeting because he is holding out for a new contract.The Jaguars acquired Albert from the Miami Dolphins this offseason in exchange for a 2018 seventh-round pick.Albert, 32, signed a five-year, $47 million contract in 2014 and will earn $8.875 million in 2017 and $9.575 million in 2018.Johnson signs one-day deal with TexansWide receiver Andre Johnson will sign a one-day contract with the Houston Texans in order to retire with the team.The ceremony will occur on Wednesday for the 35-year-old Johnson, who was the Texans’ first-round draft pick in 2003.Johnson is Houston’s all-time leader in nearly every receiving category including career receptions (1,012), receiving yards (13,597), receiving touchdowns (64) and 100-yard games (51). The seven-time Pro Bowl selection also holds multiple individual game records for the Texans, including most catches (14), receiving yards (273) and receiving touchdowns (three).Johnson spent 12 seasons with the Texans before signing with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015 and the Tennessee Titans the following year. He finished his career with 1,062 catches for 14,185 yards and 70 touchdowns.