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Colts Starting Matt Hasselbeck Against Texans, Sitting Andrew Luck


ESPN’s Adam Schefter is now reporting that the Colts are, in fact, starting Matt Hasselbeck against the Texans and will hold Andrew Luck out of the game.


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Colts backup QB Matt Hasselbeck flew to Houston and is planning to start tonight’s game against the Texans.

According to Rapoporpt, Andrew Luck will throw before the game, but expectation right now is that Hasselbeck will start for the Colts.

To make matters worse, Rapoport adds that Hasselbeck isn’t healthy, either. He’s dealing with a virus that led to him being hospitalized after last week’s game.

Chris Hagan of FOX 59 reported earlier in the week that Luck is specifically dealing with a subluxation of his right shoulder.

According to Hagen, the Colts and Luck have already consulted “several prominent Doctors” regarding his shoulder, and had an MRI down last Monday.

Colts HC Chuck Pagano told reporters on Wednesday they were “going to do the right thing” in regards to Luck’s availability for tonight’s game, so this shouldn’t come as a complete surprise.

Hasselbeck, 40, completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 282 yards receiving and one touchdown during Week 4’s win over the Jaguars.

Luck, 26, is under contract for another two years and stands to make base salaries of $3,404,727 and $16.155 million during this time. Of course, everyone around the league expects him to ultimately become the highest paid player in NFL history at some point in the next year or so.

This season, Luck has completed 56 percent of his passes to go along with 753 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions over the course of three games.


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