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Colts had quarterback issues for first time during Andrew Luck era

The Colts have some decisions to make at quarterback this offseason. Starter Andrew Luck is coming off an injury-filled season and top backup Matt Hasselbeck turns 41 in September. AP Photo/AJ Mast

INDIANAPOLIS -- Because of Andrew Luck, quarterback is one position the Indianapolis Colts didn’t have to worry about prior to this season.

No matter how many times he got hit, Luck managed to get up, shake off the hit and take the next snap.

Over and over again. Luck didn’t miss a snap because of injury during his first three seasons.

That changed in a major way this season. A position of stability became a position of liability this season for the Colts because Luck missed nine games because of injuries.

Indianapolis used five, yes five, different quarterbacks this season.

Luck. Matt Hasselbeck. Charlie Whitehurst. Josh Freeman. Ryan Lindley.

The Colts also dressed a sixth quarterback -- Stephen Morris -- for their Week 16 game against the Miami Dolphins.

The Colts also fired offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton halfway through the season. That’s just how the season went for them on offense.

Here’s a look at each at the five quarterbacks who took a snap this season for Indianapolis:

Andrew Luck

2015 stats: 162-of-293, 1,881 yards, 15 TD, 12 INT

Rewind: This was easily the worst season of Luck’s four-year NFL career. Not only did he commit 13 turnovers -- 12 interceptions/1 fumble lost -- he also had accuracy problems, as he only completed 55.3 percent of his attempts. He missed two games early in the season with a right shoulder injury. Then his season ended after lacerating his kidney and suffering a partially torn abdominal muscle against Denver, which caused him to miss the final seven games of the season.

Going forward: Colts owner Jim Irsay said Luck would have been able to play at some point in the playoffs had they made a run in the postseason. You can expect Luck to spend the offseason working with offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and his new quarterback coach, Brian Schottenheimer, as he tries to bounce back from him his disappointing season. There is no reason to believe Luck won’t be able to regain the same form that helped him lead the Colts a step further in the playoffs in each of his first three seasons.

Matt Hasselbeck

2015 stats: 156-of-256, 1,690 yards, 9 TD, 5 INT

Rewind: The 40-year-old Hasselbeck was one of the best stories of the NFL when he first stepped in for the injured Luck. Hasselbeck won his first four starts and had the Colts right in the thick of things in the AFC South. What Hasselbeck lacked in athleticism at his age, he made up for with smart decisions. He made quick throws and didn’t hurt the Colts by trying to do too much. The lack of an offensive line finally caught up to Hasselbeck, as he was knocked out of four straight games until his season officially ended after suffering a shoulder injury against the Dolphins.

Going forward: Hasselbeck is a free agent and turns 41 years old next season. He hasn’t decided if he plans to return for an 18th season yet. The Colts face a tough decision if Hasselbeck does want to continue his career, because they need to find a younger backup for Luck since Hasselbeck only has so much longer in his career if he plays another season.

Charlie Whitehurst

2015 stats: 16-of-32, 150 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT

Rewind: The Colts claimed the veteran Whitehurst off waivers from Tennessee to backup Hasselbeck once Luck was injured. Whitehurst, like Luck and Hasselbeck, had his season cut short. He suffered a groin injury against the Dolphins.

Going forward: The 33-year-old Whitehurst likely won’t be back.

Josh Freeman

2015 stats: 15-of-28, 149 yards, 1 TD, I INT

Rewind: The Colts signed the former first-round pick in Week 17. Freeman went from playing for the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League to starting for the Colts, who had not been officially eliminated from the playoffs, in their final game of the season against the Tennessee Titans.

Going forward: Freeman is under contract -- it’s not guaranteed -- for next season. He will have a chance to compete for the backup job.

Ryan Lindley

2015 stats: 6-of-10, 58 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT

Rewind: Lindley, like Freeman, was signed in the final week of the season. Colts coach Chuck Pagano rotated Lindley and Freeman in the game against the Titans.

Going forward: Like Freeman, Lindley has a non-guaranteed contract for next season.