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Scott Tolzien: The Colts Quarterback With Andrew Luck Still Out

Intro: For the first time in his NFL career, Andrew Luck will not start a Training Camp. With Luck out, the Colts will turn to veteran Scott Tolzien for their starting quarterback. Stephen Morris and Phillip Walker are the two other healthy quarterbacks on the roster.


INDIANAPOLIS –It was late April and Chris Ballard was asked about a worst case scenario.

What if Andrew Luck were to miss time, substantial time in 2017?

Would the Colts go out and try to find a new backup quarterback to compete with Scott Tolzien, to try and possibly salvage a season without their franchise signal caller?

"We'll continue to look, but we like Scott," Ballard said this past spring. "Going back and watching the Pittsburgh game last year, I didn't think Scott was the reason (the Colts) lost the game.

"So that's what you want. I mean, we'd all love to have a backup quarterback you can win 12, 13 games with. But we all know that's not realistic. But we'll continue to look at it, just from a competition standpoint."

Some three months later the Colts are still looking, and have not signed anyone to compete with Tolzien for the backup quarterback position.

In the spring, with Luck sidelined, Tolzien took virtually all the first-team reps. If Stephen Morris is a realistic threat to Tolzien's backup spot, the off-season program reps did not indicate much of a competition.

That brings us to Training Camp, where the Colts enter with three healthy quarterbacks (Tolzien, Morris and undrafted free agent Phillip Walker).

Are the Colts looking for one more healthy arm?

"We've talked about that but right now, we are at where we are at and we're going to roll with the three guys that we've got," Ballard said on Monday.

The 29-year-old Tolzien has started three NFL games and is still in search of his first win.

In last year's Thanksgiving loss to the Steelers, Tolzien was 22-of-36 for 205 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, with the Colts inability to convert multiple red-zone chances ultimately costing them a chance late.

Entering a second season with Rob Chudzinski, Tolzien looks again to be the backup heading into the preseason.

Will that backup label have to turn into a starting one come Sept. 10 in Los Angeles?*

A behind the scenes look at Tolzien's 2016 photo shoot in the #ColtsPhotoGarage

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