Colts claim veteran QB Charlie Whitehurst as Andrew Luck recovers from injuries
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 12, 2015) – The Indianapolis Colts added a veteran backup to back up their veteran backup quarterback.
They were awarded Charlie Whitehurst, who was waived earlier this week by the Tennessee Titans. He will serve as the back to Matt Hasselbeck while starter Andrew Luck recovers from a lacerated kidney and torn abdominal muscle.
Luck could miss up to six weeks with the kidney and abdominal injuries that were sustained in Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos. The Colts are off this weekend and return to action Nov. 22 at Atlanta.
Whitehurst, 33, offers the experience the Colts were seeking once Luck’s situation was revealed Tuesday. The 2006 third-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers has appeared in 20 games and has a 2-7 record as a starter.
Hasselbeck, 40, is the NFL’s oldest non-kicker. He kept the Colts’ season from completely unraveling in early October when he won starts against Jacksonville and Tennessee while Luck was sidelined with an injury to his right shoulder.
Whitehurst spent the last two years with the Titans. He appeared in seven games in 2014 and won one of his five starts.
For his career, Whitehurst has completed 189-of-340 passes for 2,131 yards with 10 touchdowns, six interceptions and a 77.0 passer rating.
The Colts got an up-close look at Whitehurst last year when they beat him twice. In a 41-17 win over the Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium in September, he passed for 177 yards with one touchdown and one interception. In the December rematch in Nashville, Whitehurst passed for 155 yards with one touchdown in a 27-10 Colts’ victory.
The Colts assume the final year of Whitehurst’s contract that carries a $2 million base salary. He will earn $117,647 per week while he’s on the active roster.