One day after the Indianapolis Colts placed third-string quarterback Charlie Whitehurst on Injured Reserve, the team signed not one but two veteran free agent quarterbacks: Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley. By signing two quarterbacks, in addition to already employing practice squad signee Stephen Morris, it has been speculated that injuries to starter Andre Luck and his back-up, Matt Hasselbeck, will prevent either quarterback from playing in Week 17 against the Tennessee Titans. Football Outsiders projects the Colts (7-8) as having an 0.1% chance of making the playoffs behind the division leader Houston Texans (8-7) thanks to Houston’s advantage in tiebreaker scenarios.
Freeman, who was a first-rounder as recently as the 2009 NFL Draft, has not appeared in an NFL game since 2013, when he went 0-4 in starts between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings. Freeman appeared for the Miami Dolphins this preseason, and also played quarterback for the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League.
Lindley has a career 1-6 record as a starter, with all appearances coming for the Arizona Cardinals from 2012-14. Among Lindley’s six losses is a loss in a playoff start last season, when he managed just 86 passing yards against the Carolina Panthers as Arizona’s emergency third-string starter.