Hasselbeck announced his retirement Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Hasselbeck appeared in eight games for the Colts last season and held his own in place of the injured Andrew Luck. However, the team informed him he would not be back in 2016, and Hasselbeck decided to hang up the cleats rather than look for a backup job elsewhere. Hasselbeck will finish his career with 36,638 passing yards and 212 passing touchdowns in 209 games.
Hasselbeck acknowledged Monday that his stint with the Colts is slated to come to an end.
This confirms previous reports that Hasselbeck, who has been the Colts' backup QB for the last three years, will not be re-signed by the team and will thus become an unrestricted free agent later this month. Despite enduring a series of injuries while filling in for Andrew Luck in 2015, the 40-year-old Hasselbeck has expressed a desire to continue his NFL career this coming season.
Hasselbeck is not believed to be in the Colts' plans for 2016, ESPN.com reports.
Per the report, the Colts plan to go with Josh Freeman as Andrew Luck's backup next season, with the 40-year-old Hasselbeck thus on track to become a free agent next month. It's unclear at this stage, however, whether or not the veteran signal-caller will land another NFL job this offseason, on the heels of a 2015 campaign in which Hasselbeck toughed it out through a series of injuries while filling in for Luck.
Hasselbeck said he is strongly leaning toward playing another season, ESPN.com reports.
Hasselbeck's contract is set to expire, but the Colts would probably be happy to have him back. He filled in admirably for Andrew Luck in 2015, though the 40-year-old's own injury issues eventually forced the Colts to use Charlie Whitehurst, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley at quarterback.
Freeman will start Sunday's game against the Titans.
With both Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney) and Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder/ribs/back) out, the Colts will turn to Freeman on Sunday in their long-shot bid to secure a playoff slot. He's not a high-percentage fantasy play in Week 17, but Freeman is an option for those scrambling for QB help this Sunday.
Hasselbeck (shoulder/ribs/back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans.
The same applies to Andrew Luck, with the Colts still not inclined to identify their Week 17 starter at QB. With that in mind, for the third straight day, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley split the team's quarterback reps at Friday's practice.
Hasselbeck (shoulder/ribs/back) did not practice Thursday.
We'll revisit Hasselbeck's status Friday, but at this stage it appears as though either Josh Freeman or Ryan Lindley will draw the start at QB for the Colts on Sunday against the Titans.
Coach Chuck Pagano relayed Monday that Hasselbeck (right shoulder) is looking doubtful for Sunday's season-finale against the Titans, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
Meanwhile, Charlie Whitehurst is now on IR, while Andrew Luck is still banged up as the contest approaches. While Luck has not yet been ruled out for Week 17 by the Colts, Pagano acknowledged Monday that of the team's QBs, Stephen Morris is "the only healthy one in the building right now."
Hasselbeck is dealing with an AC sprain in his right (throwing) shoulder, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
At this stage, Hasselbeck isn't optimistic about playing next week against the Titans, a worrisome situation, with Andrew Luck still banged up and Charlie Whitehurst now dealing with a hamstring issue.
Hasselbeck (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of the game Sunday against the Dolphins.
Hasselbeck was injured in the first half and was replaced by Charlie Whitehurst at that time. However, once the second half began, Hasselbeck was officially ruled out.
Hasselbeck is questionable to return Sunday against the Dolphins.
Hasselbeck had completed 8-of-15 passes for 99 yards while leading the Colts to a 15-6 lead over the Dolphins before being forced from the contest. While he misses time, Charlie Whitehurst is in at quarterback.
Hasselbeck (ribs/back) is active Sunday against the Dolphins.
Hasselbeck has been banged up for a number of weeks, but he'll continue to start in place of the injured Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney). He's struggled producing much for fantasy owners in the last few weeks, and given that he's certainly not recovered from his ailments, a breakout performance against the Dolphins seems like a long shot.
Hasselbeck (back/ribs) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
The 40-year-old quarterback is clearly banged up at this stage of the season, but he was able to practice all week, and will thus continue to tough things out Sunday against a Miami squad that has lost four of five games, most recently having surrendered a total of 61 points in back-to-back loss to the Giants and Chargers.
Hasselbeck (ribs/back) remained limited at practice Thursday, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
Though the Colts signed fellow QB Stephen Morris off the Eagles' practice squad, the expectation remains that the banged-up Hasselbeck is still on track to start Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Hasselbeck (ribs/back) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Hasselbeck, who says that his rib issue remains the most painful of his current aches and pains, noted encouragingly Wednesday that was doing much better at this time of the week than he was in advance of his Week 15 start against the Texans. At this stage, the veteran QB is expected to tough things out again Sunday against the Dolphins, with fellow QB Andrew Luck not an option to start the contest.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Tuesday that Hasselbeck (back) will likely start Sunday's game against the Dolphins, WTHR.com's Bob Kravitz reports.
One day after he acknowledged that Hasselbeck is very banged up, Pagano also acknowledged that the team will likely need the 40-year-old to make another start, as Andrew Luck (kidney) is merely hoping to be ready for Week 17. Even in a highly favorable matchup, Hasselbeck will be one of the lesser options at his position, in part because of the slew of nagging injuries.
Coach Chuck Pagano noted Monday that Hasselbeck is "beat up from the feet up," Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
The team plans to see where Hasselbeck is health-wise Tuesday, when practice resumes this week, but the veteran signal-caller is no lock to play Sunday against the Dolphins, a game in which fellow QB Andrew Luck is not an option to start for the Colts.
Hasselbeck suffered a jaw injury during Sunday's game against the Texans, according to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star.
Hasselbeck came into the game with back and rib injuries, and while he left briefly with what was believed to be a head injury, he was allowed to return to the game. Charlie Whitehurst came on briefly for Hasselbeck (the third straight game he's done so) and given all the injury issues, it's certainly possible the Colts could turn to Whitehurst in Week 16 against the Dolphins if Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney) is still not ready to return.
Hasselbeck left Sunday's game against the Texans with a back injury but returned on the next drive, ESPN.com reports. He finished 17 of 30 for 147 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the 16-10 loss.
Hasselbeck came into the game with back and rib injuries, so it was certainly concerning to see him leave with a similar issue. The Colts can still win the AFC South, though winning out is no longer enough, as the Texans are ahead of them in the standings. Hasselbeck has thrown just two touchdowns in the last three games, and while a Week 16 trip to Miami isn't the hardest of matchups, he's simply not doing enough to warrant much fantasy consideration.
Hasselbeck (back/ribs) is active Sunday against the Texans.
With Andrew Luck (abdomen/kidney) still unable to play, Hasselbeck will work through his injuries in a game between the top two teams in the AFC South. On the plus side, Donte Moncrief is active as well after being limited with a toe injury, which will help Hasselbeck's efforts in breaking out after throwing just one touchdown pass in the last two games combined.