HOUSTON, Texas, Sporting Alert – Andrew Luck is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s NFL Week 5 clash with the Houston Texans, but the Indianapolis Colts quarterback is expected to be out again.
Thursday, October 8 Week 5
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Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
7:25 PM CBS/NFL NRG Stadium, Houston
Luck missed Sunday’s tight overtime 16-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars with a shoulder injury and ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that he will not play at NRG Stadium.
ESPN reports on Thursday morning that Luck, who has thrown seven interceptions already this season, is unable to play and misses his second straight game because of the shoulder injury, despite taking part in practice this week.
This means Matt Hasselbeck will make his second straight start when the Colts (2-2) visit the Texans in search of their third consecutive win.
Running back Tyler Varga and linebacker Jerrell Freeman have also been ruled out of the contest.
With Luck unable to play, Houston (1-3) will start this game as a 4-point favourite against Indianapolis, according to Vegasinsider.com, while the OVER/UNDER is set to 41.
Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett is expected to start, this after taking part fully in Tuesday’s practice session.
Mallett, who was shutout in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons and went 12-of-27 for 150 yards in the 48-21 loss, was being bothered by a chest problem, but head coach Bill O’Brien will have him available for the home encounter.
The Colts head into this clash averaging 250.2 passing yards per game, while posting an average of 87.5 rushing yards per game, which is ranked 26th in the NFL this season.
As far as points are concerned, the current AFC South leaders are scoring 18.0 points per game (tied-26th) and allowing 23.2 (tied-15th).
Houston, in the meantime, is averaging 284.5 passing yards per contest, which is 6th in the league and rushing for 99.8.
The Texans are scoring 19.2 yards per battle, but allowing 27.0 (tied-26th), despite starting the season with potentially one of the best defense in the league.