Andrew Luck listed as questionable for Sunday’s game; Colts sign Josh Johnson

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by Mike Chappell, IndySportsCentral.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 2, 2015) — Another day, more intrigue with the Indianapolis Colts and their muddied quarterback situation.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Andrew Luck was questionable for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. Luck is dealing with a shoulder injury that has limited him in practice all week.

With Luck’s status for Sunday’s game with Jacksonville in doubt, the team signed Josh Johnson Friday. Pagano said the team signed Johnson to make sure they had all their bases covered in case Luck isn’t able to go against Jacksonville.

To make room for Johnson, the Colts waived cornerback Shaun Prater.

When asked if he was confident Luck would play against the Jaguars, Pagano answered, “Absolutely… It’s Andrew Luck. If anyone can play, it’s Andrew.” Pagano said he was “supremely confident” Luck would start Sunday.

Johnson was a 2008 fifth-round draft pick of Tampa Bay who has appeared in 29 career games with five starts. He most recently was in training camp this year with the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals.

In his 29 appearances, Johnson has completed 96-of-177 passes for 1,042 yards with five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His resume includes regular season stints with San Francisco (2014), Cincinnati (2013), Cleveland (2012) and Tampa Bay (2008-11).

If Luck’s streak of 57 consecutive starts ends, Matt Hasselbeck would make his first start since Nov. 4, 2012 when he was with the Tennessee Titans. Johnson would serve as Hasselbeck’s backup against the Jaguars.

“I’m sure Andrew’s going to try to play and I expect Andrew to play,’’ Hasselbeck said Thursday. “At the same time, my job is to do what I can behind the scenes and be ready.

“The only difference in this case is the percentages would say I have a better chance than I normally would.”