The revolving door at quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts will likely take another turn this week.
Matt Hasselbeck might not play against the Tennessee Titans because of a right shoulder injury suffered in the second quarter of Sunday's game against Miami, and things got even worse Monday, when the team placed quarterback Charlie Whitehurst on season-ending injured reserve.
Against the Titans, the Colts could end up starting their fourth quarterback of the season, Stephen Morris, whom they signed off Philadelphia's practice squad last week.
Whitehurst injured his hamstring late in Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins. He appeared in four games for the Colts this season and completed 16 of 32 passes for 150 yards and an interception. Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he doesn't have an update on quarterback Andrew Luck, who has missed the past six games with a kidney/abdomen injury. It's a long shot that Luck plays against the Titans, even if he is medically cleared this week, the story said.
Late in the second quarter of Sunday's 18-12 victory over the Miami Dolphins, Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was in the middle of a play call when he started shaking and rotating his injured shoulder. He called for Charlie Whitehurst on the sideline before expressing his frustration and walking off into the locker room. The Colts announced he would not return to the game.
Whitehurst also left the game in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Stephen Morris, who finished out the game.
Hasselbeck was drilled by Dolphins defensive lineman Jordan Phillips a few plays earlier. After the Phillips hit, Ndamukong Suh lightly hit the injured area forcing Hasselbeck to grimace. Hasselbeck returned to the sideline in the second half with his right arm in a sling.
As far as possibly playing next week, Hasselbeck told reporters after the game he "wasn't ruling anything out but I'm not super optimistic," the story went on to say.
Sunday will mark Hasselbeck’s eighth start of the season (4-3 in those starts) and he will do it battling through injuries all over his body, the story said. Hasselbeck participated in Tuesday’s walk-through and is not in a sling to start this week, like he was last week.
The Indianapolis Colts do not expect quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to practice Wednesday, but they are optimistic he’ll be “available” for Sunday’s pivotal AFC South game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“Yeah, I’m hopeful,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “He’s banged up, like a lot of the guys. He’s a warrior. He came back in that game after taking a few good licks. Matt is a tough guy and great competitor. I fully anticipate him being available for us.”
Pagano saying he thinks Hasselbeck will be “available.”
As the story says, it leaves the door slightly open that Andrew Luck could return Sunday. Luck has missed the past four games with a kidney and abdominal injury, but he could return to practice this week.