The Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans face off tonight on Thursday Night Football, and it will be Matt Hasselbeck starting once again for the Colts at quarterback with Andrew Luck suffering from a shoulder injury. Of course, Hasselbeck isn't fully healthy either, and he has been dealing with an infection that landed him in the hospital earlier this week.
In fact, according to NFL Media's Stacey Dales, Hsaselbeck was getting an IV as recently as this afternoon.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wow. <a href="https://twitter.com/StaceyDales">@StaceyDales</a> says Matt Hasselbeck has a bacterial infection and was still(!) on IVs this afternoon. Says "I hope I can play 4 quarters"</p>— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/652262788027559937">October 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Matt Hasselbeck told me he has a bacterial infection. On antibiotics. Energy levels extremely low, hoping he can make it thru 4 quarters.</p>— StaceyDales (@StaceyDales) <a href="https://twitter.com/StaceyDales/status/652263455295012864">October 8, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Josh Johnson will be the backup quarterback to Hasselbeck, while it appears as if Griff Whalen might be the emergency backup if need be. It should be another ugly football game, but the Colts have a chance to pull it out based solely on the fact that they're playing the AFC South. It won't be easy on the road against a division rival who is desperate for a win, however, particularly with a sick backup quarterback. In other words: it's Frank Gore time.
Here's your open thread for tonight's game, and as always, Go Colts!