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Colts bring Josh Johnson back

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 03: Quarterback Josh Johnson #8 of the New York Jets warms up before a pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on September 3, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

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When the Colts released quarterback Josh Johnson earlier this week, it looked like a sign that Andrew Luck would be able to return to the lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Texans.

Luck was a limited participant in practice on Monday and Tuesday and told reporters on Tuesday that he’s preparing to start this week. He also added that he wasn’t where he’d want to be in an ideal world, however, and the situation at quarterback got even cloudier when Matt Hasselbeck missed Tuesday’s practice with an illness.

As a result, the Colts have turned back to Johnson to give them some insurance for this week. The team announced on Wednesday that Johnson has been re-signed. Johnson backed up Hasselbeck in the Week Four victory over the Jaguars and last saw regular season action with the Bengals during the 2013 season.

The Colts will issue their final injury report for the Texans game later on Wednesday and it should provide a bit more clarity about where things stand with Luck and Hasselbeck.

Cornerback Jalil Brown was placed on injured reserve after hurting his groin against Jacksonville.