Colts Friday Injury Report: Matt Hasselbeck, Trent Cole Out
The Indianapolis Colts updated their injury report on Friday with no significant changes, as both Matt Hasselbeck and Trent Cole were declared officially “out” earlier this week:
"S Mike Adams (ankle): ProbableS Colt Anderson (ankle): QuestionableCB Darius Butler (hip/knee): ProbableOLB Trent Cole (concussion): OutTE Jack Doyle (toe): ProbableILB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring): ProbableS Winston Guy (hamstring/shoulder): QuestionableQB Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder/ribs/back): OutWR T.Y. Hilton (calf): ProbableQB Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney): OutOG Jack Mewhort (illness): ProbableWR Donte Moncrief (toe): ProbableOLB Sio Moore (knee): QuestionableOLB Erik Walden (foot): Probable"
Of course, Andrew Luck has already been declared out for this week as well, which means the Colts are left with the likes of Josh Freeman, Ryan Lindley, and Stephen Morris to start at quarterback on Sunday. It’s worth noting that the team has yet to officially name a starter.
Like the Colts slim playoff chances, it’s a dire situation for the team in what’s a must-win game to keep what little postseason hope they have alive.
However, this week has been a chance for all three of the aforementioned Colts quarterbacks to audition for the team and perhaps for a backup job next season with Indianapolis or even another NFL team.
Considering, each quarterback has been with the Colts less than 2 weeks–even less than one week in both Freeman and Lindley’s case respectively, the team will have to simplify the offensive playbook:
"“You can imagine, coming off the street and they’ve got zero. Not a cadence. Not a snap. I mean nothing,” said head coach Chuck Pagano Friday.“Yeah, I mean obviously we’re not going to throw everything at them, so we’ve cut it down,” added Pagano."
In what may very well be Pagano’s last game coaching the Colts, he figures to be the most short-handed that he’s ever been in Indianapolis. However, much like the rest of this year’s season, it’s simply “Next Man Up” for the Colts–even if they’ve just been found off the street this time around.