Matt Hasselbeck Injury: Updates on Colts QB's Ribs and Return

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent III

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck (8) on the sidelines after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck injured his ribs against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14, but will not miss any game time.

Continue for updates.

Hasselbeck Active vs. Texans

Sunday, Dec. 20

The Colts announced Hasselbeck is available to play vs. Houston.

Pagano Comments on Hasselbeck's Status

Friday, Dec. 18

"Really good. Very, very encouraged. He's going to play really good," head coach Chuck Pagano said on Hasselbeck's status, per Mike Chappell of Fox 59.

Hasselbeck Comments on Playing Status 

Thursday, Dec. 17

Hasselbeck said he figured there was "no way" he could play Sunday, but is unsure now, noting breathing is the hardest thing for him right now, per Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. When asked if Hasselbeck could throw without experiencing pain, Hasselbeck laughed, according to Keefer.

Latest on Hasselbeck's Practice Status 

Thursday, Dec. 17

Keefer noted Hasselbeck participated during Thursday's session. 

Hasselbeck Undergoing Additional Testing

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Monday, Dec. 14

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Hasselbeck was spotted in a sling on Sunday and that his status moving forward is "shaky." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Hasselbeck is "sore" and that although he is still undergoing additional testing, the belief is that he didn't suffer any fractures and it's "all soft tissue."

Colts QBs Struggling to Stay Healthy in 2015

Hasselbeck suffered a mild rib separation in Week 13's 45-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 40-year-old had been healthy enough before that to win three starts in relief of an injured Andrew LuckPrior to leaving in Week 14, Hasselbeck threw for 252 yards, but he didn't have any touchdowns. 

The Colts haven't had a lot of good fortune when it comes to the most important position on the field in 2015. They've remained in the thick of the AFC South race because of the division's poor quality but can't carry on without Luck and Hasselbeck and expect to win many games—if any.

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