The Colts said publicly that Luck would likely start last week, but he was ruled out Friday night, and 40-year-old backup Matt Hasselbeck got the call.
The game gave Hasselbeck the distinction of becoming the oldest quarterback to become a part of the starting lineup in an National Football League since the 41-year-old Brett Favre in 2010.
Either way, Johnson’s release is a promising sign Luck will be back under center Thursday night in Houston.
Indianapolis was Johnson’s sixth team since being selected in the fifth round in 2008.
On the season, the Colts average 250.2 yards in passing and 87.5 yards in rushing.
Nevertheless, the Colts may plan on Luck playing, but as we saw last week, plans can quickly change.
Luck suffered a subluxation – a partial separation – of his throwing shoulder, a source told Indy Sports Central’s Chris Hagan.
A source close to the situation says at least three out-of-state experts have looked at the injury and given their input. The primary concern is Luck’s labrum – cartilage that helps keep the shoulder in place – with pain and arm strength the issues Luck is dealing with. The Tennessee Titans (1-2) looked good so far and after a week 4 bye are in sole possession of the division’s second place behind the Colts.