Matt Hasselbeck traded watching hockey to working out during bye

INDIANAPOLIS – Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had every intention of spending his bye weekend in Columbus, Ohio, watching his kids play hockey.

But he had to change those plans once coach Chuck Pagano informed him that starting quarterback Andrew Luck would be out an extended period of time with a lacerated kidney and partially torn abdominal muscle.

"Chuck called me [on Nov. 10] and said, ‘Hey, at 3 o’clock today we're going to make an announcement about Andrew’s injury.’ I had no idea," Hasselbeck said. "I had a missed call from Andrew. We hadn’t spoken. I screened the call, basically. No, I’m kidding. He didn’t leave a voicemail, so I didn’t know. How it happened for me is I talked to Chuck, I talked to [quarterbacks coach] Clyde [Christensen] and then I talked to Andrew. Somewhere, probably when I was on the phone with Clyde, the news broke."

Instead of sitting in a cold Ohio ice rink, Hasselbeck took his family down to Florida for the weekend. The quarterback made the decision to switch his plans so that he could work out and also throw passes to tight end Coby Fleener, who was vacationing at the same location.

“It was a good bye week,” Hasselbeck said.

Hasselbeck will make his third start of the season Sunday at Atlanta. He’s 48-of-76 for 495 yards and three touchdowns.