Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 11. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start against the Falcons. In two appearances, he has completed 48-of-76 passes (63.2%) for 495 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s a streaming option in Week 11.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney) missed practice again Thursday. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start against the Falcons. In two appearances, he has completed 48-of-76 passes (63.2%) for 495 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s a streaming option in Week 11.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm
Colts QB Andrew Luck (abdomen, kidney) did not practice Wednesday. Matt Hasselbeck will get the start against the Falcons. In two appearances, he has completed 48-of-76 passes (63.2%) for 495 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s a streaming option in Week 11.
Andrew Luck's roller coaster season has taken a turn for the worse.
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that Luck will miss 2-6 weeks with a lacerated kidney and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle. The team says the injuries will not require surgery and a full recovery is expected.
"It's way too early to guess how long Andrew will be out," said coach Chuck Pagano. "We're going to keep listening to the doctors and evaluating his progress on a week by week basis. We've got all the confidence in the world in Matt Hasselbeck and we're not going to put Andrew back out there until he's healed and ready to go."
The injury was suffered early in the fourth quarter against the Broncos, the team announced. Luck amazingly stayed in the game and helped the team finish off a victory.
The time frame isn't set in stone based on Pagano's quote, and a six-week timetable puts him back in Week 15. The Colts have a quality backup quarterback in Hasselbeck, but it's still going to be a downgrade for the Colt skill players. It's possible the Colts turn to the run game a little more, and they do have some potentially favorable matchups in that span. Hasselbeck played very well when Luck had a shoulder injury, and the Colts play in a weak division, so it's very possible Luck isn't shut down for the season. But as the story said, the timing is especially cruel as Luck is coming off his best performance of the year against the top-ranked Broncos defense.
The Indianapolis Colts' quarterback situation is looking much less dire than a week ago.
Luck missed the past two contests with an injured shoulder and has been out or limited in practice the past couple of weeks. Hasselbeck battled a bacterial infection last week before guiding the Colts to a win on Thursday night.
With no media access and no injury report, what exactly "full participant" means at this point is amorphous, the story pointed out, but it's a positive sign that Luck is on his way back to the starting lineup.
Our projections have been updated. It's a big step back from a scoring standpoint, though T.Y. Hilton (13 targets last week) and Donte Moncrief (9) should still get their opportunities in the passing game, and Indianapolis may have to throw more since it's no longer the favorite to win the game. It's a slight downgrade for Frank Gore, though his value in PPR leagues gets a boost since Hasselbeck targeted him seven times last week, a season high. The Texans defense gets a big bump with Hasselbeck under center. Not only is he starting on a short week, but he's been in the hospital as recently as Monday morning, fighting a virus.
LB Jerrell Freeman (groin), RB Tyler Varga (concussion), LB Bjoern Werner (hamstring)
S Lonnie Ballentine (knee), LB Whitney Mercilus (thigh), RB Chris Polk (knee)
T Duane Brown (hand), LB Max Bullough (shoulder), LB Jadeveon Clowney (shoulder, knee), LB Brian Cushing (foot), RB Arian Foster (groin), CB Johnathan Joseph (hip), QB Ryan Mallett (chest), T Derek Newton (ankle), S Eddie Pleasant (thigh), G Xavier Su'a-Filo (calf), DT Vince Wilfork (ankle)
Luck is listed as questionable, so owners should pay attention as inactives are announced leading up to game time on Thursday. Gore and Allen are both probable, so they're virtually certain to play. Allen's return puts a big dent in Coby Fleener's upside. For the Texans, Foster is probable, so he should see an increased workload. With both Shorts and Washington out, the Texans are short at receiver. Look for DeAndre Hopkins to dominate targets again.
Speculation began when the Colts re-signed Johnson, but it appears that he's serving as depth while Hasselbeck recovers from an illness. Luck should play on Thursday.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said that quarterback Andrew Luck is “trending in the right direction” as he tries to return to the lineup on Thursday night against the Texans, something supported by the team’s decision to release Josh Johnson Monday after the veteran served as Matt Hasselbeck’s backup in the Week 4 win over Jacksonville.
Luck missed that game with a right shoulder injury that Chris Hagan of FOX59 in Indianapolis reports is a partial separation, or subluxation, of his shoulder. Luck reportedly had an MRI done to assess the injury last week and that several doctors from around the country have been consulted about the best course for recovery.
Luck tested his arm on Saturday, but wasn’t ready to play against the Jaguars. He’ll do the same in practice for the next couple of days to determine if the upward trend he’s on takes him into the starting lineup on Thursday.
If he isn’t ready to go, the Colts will have to make another roster move that could bring Johnson back to Indy for a second week on the sideline to backup Matt Hasselbeck. It's possible the Colts thought a home game against the Jags would be a good time to rest Luck and have him ready to go for a Thursday night game at Houston.
Monday, August 10, 2015, 8:40am
The Colts were already good on offense last year, and spent the offseason getting better.
But the central piece of that success spent the offseason beating himself up.
“The decision-making process bit me in the butt, which in turn hurt the Colts more than a couple times last year,” Luck said. “Obviously the Patriots games, and Philadelphia, second week of the season, I throw a bad pick in somewhat of a four-minute situation. I gotta learn, Just eat it, take the sack, throw it at his feet, whatever.
“That’s what this off-season’s been about. Don’t give them a chance. We watched every interception ad nauseam and we watched balls that should have been intercepted ad nauseam. We [coaches and backup QB Matt Hasselbeck] talk about it and say, ‘Why?’ Do you have the awareness to know where the team is in the game? Is it worth trying to fit a ball in there or not? Do you go out of bounds or do you not?”
There are a couple specific areas of Wright’s game to pay attention to in 2014. First, can Jake Locker find him downfield? As I noted in the comments section of Rivers’ column, Locker has gone just 4-for-23 when targeting Wright more than 10 yards downfield. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Hasselbeck have had more success finding Wright down the field, though even so he hasn’t been the vertical seam threat we saw at Baylor and expected him to be in the NFL.
The second thing to watch for Wright is his continued work on reshaping his body. He dropped 14 pounds last offseason to get to 187, which seemed to lead to better movement on the field. He noted earlier this week (video link) the new coaching staff had asked him to drop a little additional weight to improve his speed and his endurance and ability to stay on the field. He noted he’s now at 184 pounds and his belly is gone.
The other thing to come from that interview, beyond his weight, is his role in the offense is likely to change. He noted he’s learning every wide receiver position, which is something Dowell Loggains talked about about every receiver doing last season. More importantly, though, he noted the new coaching staff (though position coach Shawn Jefferson is a holdover) is asking him to be more disciplined in his routes instead of giving him the opportunity to freelance and adjust his route like he had from the old regime last year. It’s interesting to get confirmation of that, which I wondered about at times watching them, and will be interesting to see if Wright can be as productive in a more disciplined system. I’m confident that unless he gets hurt Wright will play a lot and catch a lot of balls in 2014. I don’t know if that will end up meaning 70 catches (the low end) or over 100 (the higher end). My guess is that however many catches he ends up with he’s more likely to be closer to 12.0 yards per catch than the 15.4 in Jim Wyatt’s projections.
Wright's downfield numbers with Locker are worrisome, but with Ken Whisenhunt running the offense, we have confidence that the unit will be improved and that he'll put Locker and Wright in the best position to make plays. As for Wright's lack of involvement in the red zone, don't be surprised if Whisenhunt dials up WR screens around the 10-yard line with regularity -- he coaxed eight touchdowns out of slot receiver Eddie Royal last season.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:25am
Veteran backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is the latest member of the Colts to express confidence in RB Trent Richardson, relating T-Rich's struggles to those of former teammate Marshawn Lynch while settling into Seattle after a 2010 midseason trade.
"Marshawn's numbers weren't spectacular either," Hasselbeck said Monday, via the team's official website. "Everyone in the locker room understood he was doing the best he could and was working really hard.
"It's very similar to Trent. He came in in tough circumstances. We say these OTAs matter and training camp matter and preseason matters. To put unrealistic expectations on him after he missed all that with us (was unfortunate). I would definitely expect his numbers to look better this year."
Richardson averaged a woeful 2.9 YPC after joining the Colts, but he blames the learning curve he faced after joining a new offense midseason. Since they gave up a first round pick for him, he’ll have the backing of this Colts regime, but OC Pep Hamilton wasn’t afraid to give more work to Donald Brown given the disparity in the quality of play between the two backs. The offseason has gone pretty well for T-Rich — Brown is now out of the way, but the Colts did re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw while Vick Ballard is back from a knee injury. As the #22 RB off the board in the 5th round, it appears that fantasy owners are expecting Richardson to post RB2 numbers. Even that may be a stretch given his career output.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:19pm
Matt Hasselbeck wasn't out of work very long.
Hasselbeck couldn't reach an agreement with the Titans to lower his $5.5 million base salary and was released on Monday afternoon.
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