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Andrew Luck not at practice, Colts close to a rare substitution

The Colts have been fortunate to know who was under center for them for most of the last two decades.

But it’s very uncertain at the moment who will be taking snaps for them Sunday.

Via Mike Chappell of, Andrew Luck was not out with the other quarterbacks at the start of practice Friday. He was limited both Wednesday and Thursday with a shoulder injury.

If he can’t go, the Colts would start veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who hasn’t started a game since Nov. 4, 2012. They signed journeyman Josh Johnson today since they were carrying only two on the active roster going into the week.

It was also be a speed bump in what has been a mostly smooth road for the Colts.

Other than the lost season of 2011 following Peyton Manning’s neck surgery, the last time the Colts had to make a switch at quarterback because of health was Nov. 9, 1997, when an injury to Paul Justin led to Kelly Holcomb starting against the Bengals.

Roll those two names and that date around in your head for a minute, and realize how fortunate that franchise has truly been to have fallen into Manning and Luck.