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Colts 'not optimistic' for Andrew Luck's Week 15 availability, fantasy status remains murky

The Colts may have to turn to Matt Hasselbeck once again, and in the team's biggest game of the season. We break down the fantasy implications.

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UPDATE (2:45, p.m. ET): Though owner Jim Irsay suggested that Andrew Luck could return Sunday against the Houston Texans, there is now doubt that he will not only be inactive Week 15, but for the rest of the season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Indianapolis Colts were recently "not optimistic" that quarterback Andrew Luck would be able to take the field on Sunday against the Houston Texans, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Owners Jim Irsay had expressed optimism that Luck would be ready in time for a matchup that could decide the fate of the AFC South, although sentiments may not have been so positive, internally. It had also been reported that Luck is pain-free while throwing, although doctors are the ones making the final decision on Luck's clearance, and not team brass. Matt Hasselbeck would get the start for the Colts once again if Luck is unable to suit up.

Fantasy impact: Even if Luck is cleared to play, it is still too early to determine if he should be penned into lineups. Much of his status depends on his participation in practice, which would have to be encouraging if he is to face a capable Texans defense. Even with Luck at the helm at 100 percent, the Colts offense has had its own share of struggles, and fantasy owners would have a tough decision to make if he is cleared in time.

For now, Luck can remain on fantasy benches until encouraging news surfaces. His best case scenario would be a low-end, boom-or-bust QB1 option in Week 15.