Status of Colts’ Matt Hasselbeck uncertain with neck, shoulder injuries

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Matt Hasselbeck

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 7, 2015) – As if another thrashing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers wasn’t painful enough, the Indianapolis Colts are uncertain if they’ll have quarterback Matt Hasselbeck available for next Sunday’s trip to Jacksonville.

Starting a third consecutive game and fifth overall in place of injured Andrew Luck, Hasselbeck exited Heinz Field after Sunday night’s 45-10 loss with shoulder and neck injuries.

“I did get X-rays and I’m in a little bit of pain, but I don’t know anything else other than that, yet,” he said in his post-game press conference.

The injuries, Hasselbeck added, are “kind of neck-ish.”

Hasselbeck said he suffered the injuries on two separate plays. One occurred in the first quarter, and the second happened in the third quarter “on the play I was down for a little bit. Two separate things, same area.”

In the third period, Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward drove center Jon Harrison back into Hasselbeck, leaving Hasselbeck in a heap.

“I did not hurt my knee,” he said of the play. “I got cut underneath my legs and lost my legs and got hit on top of my head and got my head compressed into my neck.”

Does Hasselbeck expect to play against the Jaguars?

“I don’t know about that yet,” he said. “I would hope that I could.”

If not, Hasselbeck will join Luck on the sideline and the Colts’ immediate playoff hopes would be in the hands of No. 3 Charlie Whitehurst. He replaced Hasselbeck late in the fourth quarter.

Coach Chuck Pagano was optimistic Hasselbeck will remain under center.

“He’s got a neck and a shoulder,” he said. “He’ll be evaluated. Should be okay.”

Luck missed his third straight start after suffering a lacerated kidney and torn abdominal muscle against Denver Nov. 8.

Owner Jim Irsay told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport he expects Luck to return Dec. 20 against Houston or Dec. 27 at Miami.

As for the latest lopsided loss at the hands of the Steelers, Pagano offered no excuses.

“Obviously very disappointed in the outcome,” he said. “They kicked our ass. Period.

“We got beat thoroughly in all three phases. It stinks. It stings.”

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