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Tim Hasselbeck: Matt played well, but he's 40

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We asked Tuesday if the AFC South was up for grabs after learning that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck would miss two to six weeks with abdominal injuries suffered in Sunday's win over the Broncos.

Every game, all season

The primary argument for the Colts maintaining their slim divisional lead is Matt Hasselbeck. The 40-year-old backup calmly guided Indianapolis to wins last month over Jacksonville and Houston -- but not everybody believes his success will continue.

"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," ESPN's Tim Hasselbeck -- Matt's younger brother -- said Tuesday, per Pro Football Talk. "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."

Said Tim: "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!"

It's no knock on Matt Hasselbeck. After playing quarterback himself, Tim knows what happens to the body later in life. Still, what we saw from the signal-caller just a month ago was promising.

Also promising: A Colts schedule that gets soft after games against the Falcons, Bucs and Steelers. Closing the year with Jacksonville, Houston, Miami and Tennessee, Indy has a shot to hold serve until Luck returns.

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