Andrew Luck’s big secret is finally out. He’s been throwing a football for weeks — and now he’s throwing in public, too.

Nearly 17 months after surgery on his injured right shoulder, Luck jogged onto the practice field Tuesday wearing a red jersey, strapping on a helmet and picking up a special ball as he started throwing in front of reporters for the first time since October.

No, it wasn’t a regulation NFL ball and the longest pass he attempted was only about 20 yards, but it still was progress.

“It’s a lighter football,” Luck said, referring to the striped football he tossed around. “It’s sort of a bridge. I’ve thrown a real football, ‘The Duke,’ whatever you want to call it. I’ve picked it up and I’ve thrown it and it felt great. And honestly, there was a little mental block to doing it and I had to do it sort of by myself.”

Throughout the process, the Colts have been tight-lipped about Luck’s progression.

Just last week, coach Frank Reich acknowledged Luck was “real close” to throwing.

He even played “toss” with Luck three weeks ago, the first and only time he has thrown “The Duke,” the standard NFL ball. Luck then swore him to secrecy, and Reich obliged the team’s biggest star.

“Sorry, I confess. It really was hard for me to say that,” Reich said of the continual denials about Luck throwing a football. “It really wasn’t a workout. That was how I justified it in my mind.”

Skipping minicamp

Among the NFL players who skipped mandatory minicamps while holding out for better contracts were Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

They are subject to fines of more than $80,000 if they doesn’t show up this week.

Charger on mend

Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget had offseason foot surgery, but coach Anthony Lynn expects him back for training camp.

Liuget, who is suspended for the first four games of the 2018-19 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, did not participate in the first day of the team’s mandatory minicamp Tuesday.

Liuget was limited to 12 games last season because of a toe injury, finishing with 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Liuget also missed the final five games of the 2015 season because of a foot injury.

Jury backs ex-player

A St. Louis jury ordered the NFL’s Rams to pay former running back Reggie Bush $12.5 million for a severe knee injury suffered at St. Louis’ domed stadium in 2015, the team’s last season before moving to Los Angeles.

Bush was playing for the San Francisco 49ers when he was pushed out of bounds during a game on Nov. 1, 2015, and slipped on concrete at what was then known as the Edward Jones Dome. The left knee injury ended his season.

Bush’s lawsuit contended the injury undermined the rest of his career. He retired in 2017.

Reporter honored

Charean Williams is the first woman to receive the Dick McCann Award from the Professional Football Writers of America. She is entering her 25th year of NFL coverage in 2018, and her second at Pro Football Talk.

Williams became one of the first two women members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee in 2007.

She has been a selector for the past 12 Hall of Fame election cycles.