Charlie Whitehurst Injury: Updates on Colts QB's Hamstring and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (6) throws before the start of an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Charlie Whitehurst injured his hamstring in Week 16 against the Miami Dolphins, and the injury will end his season.

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Whitehurst Placed on Injured Reserve

Monday, Dec. 28

The Colts announced the roster move on Monday, after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Whitehurst picked up the injury in relief for Matt Hasselbeck.

Colts' Quarterback Woes Continue with Whitehurst Injury

The seven-year veteran started the year with the Tennessee Titans before getting waived in November. Shortly thereafter, the Colts claimed him off waivers in order to back up Hasselbeck after an abdominal tear and lacerated kidney took Andrew Luck out of action.

As if things couldn't get any worse for Indianapolis, Hasselbeck's injury forced him to exit the team's Week 15 matchup with the Houston Texans. That allowed Whitehurst to assume starting duties, which made for one of the most extraordinary QB battles of the 2015 season, per ESPN Stats & Info:

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The division lead in the AFC South will be determined by 2 QB whose combined career record as starter is 7-26 (Weeden/Whitehurst)

The fact Whitehurst is now dealing with an injury of his own further illustrates how frustrating this season has been for the Colts. They have done well to remain in the postseason hunt despite the absence of Luck and his at times erratic performance.

Rarely do you see a team lose three quarterbacks in the same season. If Luck and Hasselbeck, who injured his shoulder in Week 16, can't go, Stephen Morris is the next man up under center.

Indianapolis will hope similar problems don't carry over into 2016, when the franchise will be much better positioned to compete.


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