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Charlie Whitehurst Becomes Colts New Backup Quarterback

Intro: On Thursday afternoon, the Colts claimed quarterback Charlie Whitehurst off waivers from the Tennessee Titans. What do the Colts have in their new backup quarterback?


INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts have added some insurance (and some hair) to their current quarterback situation.

Until Andrew Luck returns to health, Charlie Whitehurst will be the backup for Matt Hasselbeck.

On Thursday afternoon, the Colts claimed the 33-year-old Whitehurst off waivers from the Tennessee Titans.

In nine NFL seasons, Whitehurst has played in 20 career games (nine starts). He's completed 189-of-340 passes for 2,131 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Whitehurst obviously has experience within the AFC South, having played with the Titans the last two seasons. In 2014, Whitehurst started five games, including two against the Colts.

The five starts for Whitehurst last season in Tennessee was the most action he's seen in his nine NFL seasons.

In game action last year, Whitehurst was 105-of-185 (56.8 percent) for 1,326 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Colts new backup quarterback does have familiarity with Indianapolis, outside of facing them twice last season.

Whitehurst and Hasselbeck were teammates in Seattle back in 2010.

With Hasselbeck sidelined in the 2010 regular season finale, Whitehurst filled in to lead the Seahawks to a 16-6 victory, clinching their playoff berth.

Drafted in the third-round of the 2006 draft, Whitehurst spent his first four seasons with the San Diego Chargers. In 2006, Rob Chudzinski was the Chargers tight ends coach in Whitehurst's rookie season in San Diego.

With a two-to-six week timetable for Luck's return, Whitehurst's presence on the 53-man roster could linger well into December.

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