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    Andrew Luck said all the right things Monday.

    ning, will tell you no at certain times and you just have to listen to it," Luck said as the Indianapolis Colts started their offseason work.

    "I've gone and skipped steps before and paid for it. Been in pain and not able to help the team. Embarrassed, guilty, whatever. I'm not going to do that again."

    Luck didn't go into specifics about what he would, could or should have done differently after initially hurting the shoulder in September 2015.

    He missed the next two games then made four straight starts before suffering a season-ending liver injury in November.

    Luck opted against surgery that offseason and instead wound up signing a five-year, $140 million contract extension.

    In 2016, he started 15 games and had his best statistical season despite continued pain. But he hasn't taken a snap since having surgery for a partially torn labrum in January 2017, and he still isn't throwing regulation-sized footballs. He's been limited to working only with miniature footballs this offseason.

    Still, it's progress. And it's a far cry from last October when Luck's throwing regimen suddenly stopped because of continued shoulder soreness.

    He spent the next month seeking additional medical opinions before moving his rehab to Europe.

    Luck finally returned to the team facility in late December and has spent most of the past three months working out in California with noted quarterback experts Tom House and Adam Dedeaux.

    The good news is Luck says he's feeling much more confident in his recovery.

    "If I wasn't making progress, it would freak me out and we would have to change something. But I am," he said. "I'm feeling better."

    The bad news: Fans have heard all this before.

    Whenever Luck gets back, he will be working with a vastly different supporting cast.

    New head coach Frank Reich will be calling the plays. Running back Frank Gore and receiver Donte Moncrief left in free agency and receiver Phillip Dorsett was traded to New England for Jacoby Brissett, who started the final 15 games for Indy last season.

    Luck might have a slightly different look, too.

    "I wouldn't say I'm changing my throwing motion," he said. "And that's a big part of what I've been working on http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-ito-smith-jersey , making sure I'm using my body as effectively as possible to throw a football and not over- or under-compensate in any way."

    Some of the Colts' newcomers, such as recently signed free agent Eric Ebron, chose Indy because they believe Luck will be better than ever.

    "He was the reason I came here, to keep it honest," said Ebron, a tight end. "It doesn't matter as much where I played, I wanted a quarterback who would work with me the way that I knew I needed him to work with me."

    When exactly Ebron and Luck will start working out together remains unclear.

    While acknowledging there now is a timetable for his progression, he's keeping it confidential for now.

    But the biggest difference between this year's offseason workouts and last year's is that Luck sounds more confident about himself and his shoulder.

    "I feel stronger, I feel more fit," he said. "I feel way more confident in myself and I don't look at my shoulder and say 'why are you failing me?' like the guy in 'The Old Man and the Sea.' I feel like I have a bit more grasp of the situation. There is still a bit of a journey left and I'm not going to skip any steps."

    NOTE: The Colts have put receiver Rodney Adams on the reserve-retired list. Adams was a fifth-round draft pick out of South Florida in 2017.

    CLEVELAND — The Toronto Raptors have seen this story before. They know it doesn’t end well, nor can they be confident in writing a different ending.

    The Raptors are in a 3-0 hole to the Cleveland Cavaliers in this Eastern Conference semifinal series. They were in the same situation at this time a year ago and the Cavs busted out the brooms.

    The closet door is wide open again and LeBron James is rummaging around. The Cavs have never lost Game 4 of a series in which they won the first three games.

    “We have one more game, our pride is on the line, basically our season is on the line,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

    The Raptors could have more than just the end of the season riding on Game 4, which is Monday in Cleveland. Toronto changed its entire offense to shoot more 3-pointers and move the ball after last year’s sweep by Cleveland, and were the only team during the regular season to finish in the top five on offense and defense.

    But another playoff disappointment at the hands of James — remember, the Cavs took the 2016 conference finals from Toronto in six games, in a series that wasn’t nearly as close — and it could be time to change personnel.

    Does Casey go? Could the Raptors trade DeMar DeRozan Womens Sean Couturier Jersey , one of their two All-Stars who has struggled in this series?

    It’s all on the table.

    While history suggests the Raptors’ deficit in this series is basically insurmountable, the Cavs won two games by a combined three points. They blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 3 but won it on James’ stunning bank shot while falling away from the hoop as time expired.

    “It’s actually more of a difficult shot if you miss, even though you’re going to overtime because that momentum can carry them too, they feel good about themselves,” James said. “It’s better just kinda if you can to get it over with.”