With tonight's game just a couple of hours away, the Indianapolis Colts will be starting Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback against the Houston Texans, not Andrew Luck, according to sources.
The Colts were entering tonight's contest with both Luck and Hasselbeck listed as questionable.
Luck still has problems with a shoulder injury, while Hasselbeck isn't 100 percent due to a virus which has kept him from practicing this week. This forced the team to re-sign quarterback Josh Johnson to the team after they cut him last week.
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The plan for this evening was to test out the three-time Pro Bowler's arm to see if his shoulder can handle the motions before they make the decision over if he is going to start, if he can't, then the 40-year-old veteran will take snaps from under center with Johnson as backup.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Hasselbeck will be starting tonight, as the team goes without Luck for another week. But if you look ahead to the next few games for the Colts, this is not what they will want.
After the Texans game tonight, they play against the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and the Denver Broncos before their bye on week 10, then they play the Atlanta Falcons straight after.
While Luck might be able to play in the majority of these games, he's already missed valuable game and practice time for the Colts, which could be a concerning issue. Some of these teams don't have a good defense, but all, depending on your opinion have top quality quarterbacks that can throw well.
It is likely then a lot of these games will be shootouts, and if your quarterback isn't up to speed or on top of his form entering these games, you're going to lose that shootout.
Simple matter of fact is if the Colts lose tonight and any two in those five games mentioned, I wouldn't say no to counting them out of the playoffs altogether.