Whitehurst (hamstring) has been placed on injured reserve, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. With Andrew Luck (kidney) and Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder) uncertain for Week 17, there's some chance Stephen Morris could get the start in a game that's unlikely to have any impact on the playoff picture. In addition to needing a win and a Texans loss, the Colts need at least six other games to go in their favor to hand them the strength-of-victory tiebreaker. Whitehurst, meanwhile, is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Whitehurst pulled a hamstring during Sunday's win over the Dolphins, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. If Andrew Luck (kidney) isn't ready to return, it isn't clear that Whitehurst or Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder) will be available. Stephen Morris is the No. 4 quarterback, and while it seems likely that at least one of the other three signal-callers will be available, the Colts have almost no chance of qualifying for the playoffs, according to ESPN.com.
Whitehurst completed nine passes off of 14 pass attempts for 78 yards in Sunday's win over Miami. Whitehurst came in to replace an injured Matt Hasselbeck, who is reportedly not optimistic about playing in Week 17, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports. Whitehurst entered the game late in the second quarter and the Colts offensive approach changed dramatically. With Matt Hasselback under center, Indianapolis dropped back on 16 of 23 plays. Whitehurst, however, dropped back just 14 times on 30 plays. The fact that the Colts were nursing a lead can be cited as a reason for the team's conservative approach, but with their backup quarterback sporting a QB rating of just 50.3 it is hard to blame them. With Week 17 representing a must-win situation for Indianapolis, expect the team to keep their fingers crossed that Hasselbeck or Luck get healthy. Otherwise it will be Whitehurst taking on a Tennessee defense that, surprisingly, entered the week ranked No. 9 against the pass.
Whitehurst came on for an injured Matt Hasselbeck (back) and completed 1 of 2 passes for 13 yards Sunday against the Texans. Hasselbeck returned for the next series, which pushed Whitehurst back to the bench. Whitehurst has now come on for Hasselbeck in three consecutive games, as the 40-year-old veteran continues to battle back and rib injuries. Quarterback Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney) has not been cleared for full contact yet, so it's unclear who will ultimately start in Week 16 against the Dolphins. All that being said, Whitehurst would be a fairly poor fantasy option if he ends up being the starter.
Whitehurst completed two of eight passes for eight yards and an interception Sunday against the Jaguars, coming on twice for Matt Hasselbeck, who was eventually knocked out with a rib injury. Hasselbeck threw for 252 yards before exiting the game, and while Whitehurst wasn't able to get much going, he could be forced into action if Hasselbeck has to miss any time. On the other hand, Andrew Luck could return from his abdomen and kidney issues in Week 15 against the Texans, which would make Hasselbeck's availability moot with regard to Whitehurst.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||San Diego Chargers||14||19.56|
|8||10/30||Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|9||11/06||@Green Bay Packers||15||19.78|
|13||12/06||@New York Jets||11||18.75|
|3 Year Avg||55.6||492||2||1||29||0||32|