The Indianapolis Colts are expected to be without star quarterback Andrew Luck for this evening's Thursday Night Football contest against the Houston Texans.
That leaves the franchise relying on the 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck as they look to go above .500 for the first time this season.
Unfortunately, Hasselbeck himself is hardly heading into the crunch game in full health after dealing with a virus this week. And now, a new report detailing just how serious the veteran's situation was at one stage this week won't exactly fill Colts fans with confidence.
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Courtesy of Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport, we now know that, so unwell was Hasselbeck at the start of the week, the quarterback was in a hospital emergency room strapped up to an IV under 72 hours ago.
Hasselbeck's illness comes at the worst time possible now that Luck has failed to get himself fit for the second week running.
Not only is the veteran now expected to start a game on a short week so soon after a trip to A&E, but, having spent the past three years serving as backup, the virus has also kept Hasselbeck from gaining much needed practice reps with the first team offense.
The former Packers, Seahawks and Titans quarterback managed to lead the Colts to a win when called upon last weekend.
But, with the likes of Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt gunning for him this evening, grabbing a second straight W will be a difficult task for the three-time Pro Bowler considering the circumstances.
Colts fans: Do you have faith in Hasselbeck, and can your team cope without Luck? Have your say in the comments below...
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