The Indianapolis Colts have signed former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Josh Johnson, in light of recent injury problems surrounding their starter Andrew Luck, according to Ian Rapoport.
Johnson has been brought in for the AFC South side due to ongoing concerns surrounding Luck. The 26-year-old has been limited in practice this week and, therefore, is listed as questionable to play against his franchise's divisional rivals this weekend.
If he is unable to play, backup Matt Hasselbeck will take snaps from under center, but that would mean the Colts wouldn't have another quarterback on their roster in case the 40-year-old went down as well. This is why they have signed Johnson today.
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And if Luck isn't able to play on Sunday, it could mean he will miss the Colts next game either, which comes around very quickly, as they play against the Houston Texans next Thursday night. This is why it was so vital for the franchise to sign another quarterback to their roster as soon as possible.
Johnson has been bouncing around as of late, recently being released from the practice squad of the Bengals and the New York Jets. The Colts will be his third team in the last six weeks.
The last time he was on the main roster of an NFL franchise was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2014, and he hasn't played a regular-season game since his first stint with the Bengals in 2013.
However, the Colts do have another quarterback on their practice roster which they could have upgraded to the main roster if Luck was unable to play. But he hasn't played a single game in the three years he has been in the league, so that's probably why they didn't change his status.
The situation surrounding Luck will be answered by the Colts later today, but this signing of Johnson today is a strong indication that he might not be suiting up this Sunday.