The Indianapolis Colts released Friday’s injury report with encouraging news, as quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was a full participant in practice. The 40 year old quarterback is officially listed as “probable” for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.
Friday’s updated injury report reads as follows:
"S Colt Anderson (ankle): QuestionableTE Jack Doyle (toe): ProbableILB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring): ProbableS Winston Guy (hamstring/shoulder): OutQB Matt Hasselbeck (back/ribs): ProbableILB D’Qwell Jackson (quad): ProbableQB Andrew Luck (abdomen): OutILB Josh McNary (groin): QuestionableWR Donte Moncrief (toe): QuestionableOLB Erik Walden (foot): Probable"
Otherwise, the other significant injury update is that of wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who’s still battling a toe injury. The 2nd-year wide receiver is expected to be a gametime decision just like before last weekend’s game. As such, Moncrief is still officially “questionable”.
Dec 20, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts receiver Donte Moncrief celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first half against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
It’s worth noting that Moncrief finished last Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans with 5 receptions for 51 receiving yards and a touchdown, as he played through the toe injury.
As for Hasselbeck, the 17-year veteran quarterback has struggled in the Colts past 3 games–all of which have been losses. While he’s no doubt a warrior, it’s looking as though all of the big hits and resulting physical injuries are starting to catch up with him on the field.
Against the Houston Texans last Sunday, Hasselbeck was 17 for 30 for 147 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, and a passer rating of 66.9.
Earlier this week, Hasselbeck was limited to strictly a “liquid diet“, so the fact that he was a full participant in Friday’s practice and is now officially “probable” is positive news for the Colts quarterback situation.
Still, the Colts will need Hasselbeck to regain his earlier season form, where he was 4-0 in his first 4 starts. If not, the Colts could be looking at their 4th straight loss in a row.