Luck, Hasselbeck questionable for Texans game; Colts re-sign Josh Johnson for depth
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 7, 2015) — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and backup Matt Hasselbeck are questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Houston Texans, according to the team’s injury report.
The team re-signed quarterback Josh Johnson Wednesday as an insurance policy. The signing came just days after the team released him. Johnson, originally signed on Oct. 2 once it became clear Luck wouldn’t play in Week Four, served as the team’s No. 2 quarterback against Jacksonville. Luck is dealing with a shoulder injury while Hasselbeck missed Tuesday’s practice due to an illness. Hasselbeck had full participation in practice Wednesday while Luck was again limited.
Johnson has played in 29 NFL games (starting five of them) and completed 96 of 177 passes for 1,042 yards, five touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers after being drafted in the fifth round (160th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Several Colts players will miss Thursday’s game. Jerrell Freeman, Tyler Varga and Bjoern Werner are out, the team said. Vontae Davis, Mike Adams and Henry Anderson joined Luck and Hasselback as questionable. Dwayne Allen, Frank Gore, Kendall Langford and Greg Toler were listed as probable.
In another roster move, the Colts placed cornerback Jalil Brown on injured reserve with a groin injury. Brown, signed as a free agent in November 2014, played in four games this season, registering 15 tackles and one pass defensed.