Thanksgiving at the Hasselbecks may be a little awkward this year.
With Andrew Luck out for the next 2-6 weeks with a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck will take over at quarterback for the Colts as they try to maintain their lead in the AFC South.
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But while Hasselbeck has already led Indianapolis to two wins this season, not everyone is sold on the Colts' prospects with Luck out. Namely Hasselbeck's brother, Tim.
Per Pro Football Talk, in an appearance on ESPN on Tuesday, Tim Hasselbeck questioned whether his brother would be able to withstand the rigors of playing for up to six weeks at his age.
"They have a 40-year-old backup that maybe has to play for six weeks, get you all the way to Week 16 of the NFL season before you potentially get Andrew Luck back," Hasselbeck said. "I know my brother played well in the two games he started this season, but I think anyone can attest . . . it's one thing when it's a shorter injury and you have a backup that's going to play one week, two weeks, three weeks maybe. We're in a situation where they have a 40-year-old quarterback that's potentially going to play half of their football games this year. Half of them!"
Tim may be skeptical, but one thing working in Matt's favor is the schedule. The Colts, who are off with a bye this week, face just one team with a winning record over the next weeks - the 6-3 Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 22.