Colts hopeful Matt Hasselbeck will be ready Sunday despite being ‘banged up’


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 14, 2015) – Matt Hasselbeck wasn’t in any shape to address the media Monday and might not be on the practice field Wednesday, but the Indianapolis Colts anticipate him being ready for Sunday’s AFC South clash with the Houston Texans.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday Hasselbeck was “banged up’’ after twice being knocked out of Sunday’s 51-16 loss at Jacksonville. A magnetic resonance imaging test, he added, was unchanged from last week when it revealed Hasselbeck suffered a mild rib separation and a neck injury against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“Still dealing with some stuff,’’ Pagano said. “Taking it day-to-day, but hopeful he’ll be out there at least by Thursday. I don’t know if he’ll make Wednesday. Probably rest him on Wednesday.’’

Hasselbeck missed two plays in the third quarter after being hit by Jaguars defensive linemen Roy Miller and Chris Clemons. In the fourth quarter, he tumbled awkwardly into the Jacksonville bench after being shoved by linebacker Telvin Smith.

Smith wasn’t penalized on the play for unnecessary roughness, but Hasselbeck was clearly upset. He pounded the ground in disgust a few times before the Colts’ medical staff arrived.

As Hasselbeck walked to the Colts’ bench, he held his left arm tight to his chest. As he departed the locker room after the game, the arm was in a sling.

“He’s having some spasms that go along with his rib injury,’’ Pagano said. “Mobilizing the arm helps with the spasms.’’

If Pagano had an issue with Smith’s shove of Hasselbeck as he was going out of bounds, he kept it to himself.

“If both feet are not (out of bounds), you’re a runner. The defense can hit you,’’ Pagano said. “They can’t hit you in the neck and head area, but they can hit you. They can push you.”

“It’s all fair.’’

If Luck and Hasselbeck are both unable to play, Charlie Whitehurst will start.

More medical matters:

Pagano anticipates left tackle Anthony Castonzo (knee), linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring/ribs), cornerback Greg Toler (knee) and linebacker Erik Walden (foot) returning to practice Wednesday.

Castonzo reinforced his coach’s optimism. He’s missed the last three games after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee against Atlanta Nov. 22.

“I’m definitely optimistic,’’ Castonzo said. “Went out today and did some stuff and it really felt good. Definitely still got a little bit more to overcome, but definitely feeling good.’’

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