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Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee has been designated as emergency QB

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With Andrew Luck in the NFL's concussion protocol and officially out of Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game against the Steelers, the Colts quarterback situation is looking potentially disastrous. 

When the Steelers roll into Lucas Oil Stadium later today they could find themselves facing punter Pat McAfee under center at some stage. Yes, that's right, the Colts emergency quarterback will be the rather boisterous punter who is well known for his comedic antics off the field, as well as his stellar abilities on it. 

The former All-Projokingly asked Antonio Brown not to kick him in the face on Twitter this week, but he could have a whole lot more to worry about if he enters the game at quarterback and has to face the prospect of getting smoked by James Harrison, Stephon Tuitt, Ryan Shazier and co. 


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Ex-Packers signal-caller Scott Tolzien will make his third career start in the game but the 29-year-old hasn't thrown a pass since week 16 of last season and his last start came back in 2013. 

The former Wisconsin Badger has a less than flattering record in the NFL having thrown just the one touchdown to five picks, albeit with a completion percentage just over 60. 

The even more worrying thing for the Colts is the fact that their second-string QB, Stephen Morris, has never thrown an NFL pass and would certainly face a baptism of fire if asked to take over. Even McAfee has thrown a pass since Morris has been in the league.

The third-string quarterback rarely sees the field but the Colts have one of the shakiest offensive lines in the game, giving up a staggering league high 35 sacks through 10 games this season, so it isn't out of the question that two inexperienced quarterbacks could get injured. 

McAfee is technically the emergency quarterback every week, but this isn't an ordinary week without Luck under center.

Luck was hit 12 times and sacked twice last weekend against the Titans and neither Tolzien or Morris have his size or veteran presence in the pocket to be able to stand up to a beating. 

If McAfee does see some game time then expect Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to call a whole lot of run plays!

Asked earlier in the year about the nightmare situation of having their punter in at quarterback, head coach Chuck Pagano told the Indianapolis Star: "If we ever get to that ... I don't even wanna think about it, to be honest with you,"

The Steelers gained five sacks over another weak offensive line last weekend against the Browns and the Colts can only hope they don't face the same fate. 

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