Colts Backup QB Matt Hasselbeck will keep on track to win AFC South


It’s a matter of sorrow that the Indianapolis Colts announced this Tuesday their franchise quarterback Andrew Luck will miss two to six weeks with a laceration in one of his kidneys and a partial tear of an abdominal muscle.

“The injuries happened at the end of an early fourth quarter scramble when Andrew was doing everything he could to get us the win,” said coach Chuck Pagano. “Andrew was sore after the game and was feeling a little worse Monday afternoon so we sent him to get tests.”

It appears Luck was suffering abdominal injuries early in the fourth-quarter against the Broncos. For the second time this season he’ll be sidelined after missing two games this season with his shoulder injury.

In absence of Luck, it is proved that Matt Hasselbeck is more capable of stepping in and starting in backup quarterback in the last two weeks against Houston and Jacksonville. Hasselbeck brings the team two wins and played very well replacing Luck for a period of time. He completed 63.2 percent (48-of-76) of his passes with 495 yards, threw three touchdown passes and didn’t commit a turnover by making smart decisions with the ball and getting rid of it quickly in his 133 snaps.

Coach Chuck Pagano said, “Matt Hasselbeck will step right in again,” he added “He will do a great job, and we will win football games with Matt. Everybody is going to have to pick up their game when you lose a player, especially when you lose your starting quarterback. I got full confidence in everybody in this organization, in this building, top to bottom, coaches and players all coming together like we have many, many times to overcome.”

The Colts already finished the most grueling part of their game schedule, overcoming three teams during a four-week stretch. And the schedule was on their favor no matter how long Luck is out.

The Colts, who lead the first place in the AFC South, defeated the Texans, Titans or Jaguars still have three games remaining against division teams. For the next schedule Colts is ready to come out of its bye week to play at Atlanta, which has lost two straight, against Tampa Bay and San Francisco, then plays host to the Buccaneers (3-5) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Nov. 29 before playing at Pittsburgh (5-4) on Dec. 6.

It will be good news for NFL fan’s, Luck may return for the Dec. 27 game at Miami if he is out the full six weeks.

What will be happen when Luck & Hasselbeck both are fit for Colts next schedule?

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James is an American born sports writer that covers all sports and has a passion for football at every level He began his journalism career then and has been published on numerous sports websites and publications

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