It will, officially, be Matt Hasselbeck time for the Indianapolis Colts this afternoon. The Colts made official this morning what we expected: that Andrew Luck won't play against the Jaguars. Luck is dealing with an injury to his throwing shoulder and was very limited in practice this week.
Luck is obviously the biggest inactive for the team, but there are several other key names who won't be playing this afternoon against Indy's division rival. Here's the full list of inactives:
Andrew Luck, QB (shoulder)
Greg Toler, CB (neck)
Tyler Varga, RB (concussion)
T.Y. McGill, DL
Denzelle Good, OL
Todd Herremans, OL
Dwayne Allen, TE (ankle)
Besides for Luck, the fact that Greg Toler, Dwayne Allen, and Todd Herremans are also notable, even if we knew of some of them in advance. Toler, for example, was ruled out on Friday with the neck injury that has kept him out for the entire regular season so far. The good news is that the Colts will get Darius Butler back, but they could really use Toler as well. He has been practicing in a limited role the past two weeks, so hopefully that means he's getting closer.
As for Allen, this will be the second straight game he has missed with an ankle injury and the 20th game missed in the past three seasons (playing in 16 during the span). He's a good player when healthy and can make an impact, but he just hasn't been able to stay healthy. And on a contract year, it's not off to a good start when he's missed two of the first four games now with an injury.
The fact that Todd Herremans is inactive is the most surprising name on this list. He was signed as a free agent this offseason and was the team's starting right guard all offseason, training camp, and preseason, and he started there for the first two games of the year. He didn't play well, but it was still a surprise to see the Colts bench him last week against the Titans. Now? He's a healthy scratch. So, in other words, the one significant offensive lineman that Ryan Grigson brought in this offseason is now a healthy inactive in week four. That's not ideal.