The Indianapolis Colts are still claiming that Andrew Luck will throw before tonight’s game in Houston and could start against the Texans.
Let me give you the results of that pregame Luck test now … didn’t go well and Matt Hasselbeck is starting for the Colts as they look for a third straight win and second consecutive conquest with their 40-year backup behind center.
Want to know the real timeline on when the availability of Luck was determined? It was confirmed yesterday just after 6:00 a.m. that Luck was a no go. The people most in the know with no need to hide their conclusions then set the first line on this contest between two struggling AFC South squads. The 1-3 Texans opened as a pick ‘em against the 2-2 Colts.
The people next in line to know the score on player availability are the wise guy bettors in Las Vegas, and they jumped on the Texans and within the first ten minutes of the line being offered the number had moved to Houston favored by 1½ points. During Wednesday's action that number crept up to 2½ points favoring the home standing Texans.
This morning, while the Colts still cling to their story that their starting quarterback is a game time decision, so called “Inside NFL” media reports have Luck sidelined and Hasselbeck getting the start. That is the information the public relies on and once they got the word Luck would probably not play the point spread on this game jumped again on the Texans, who are currently favored by 4 points and most likely by more when everyone has confirmation that Luck is out.