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Pat McAfee is ready to play quarterback for the Colts if necessary

Punter Pat McAfee has showed off his throwing ability in the past. AP Photo/Tim Sharp

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts could be in need of a backup quarterback against the Miami Dolphins if Matt Hasselbeck can't play and Charlie Whitehurst is forced to start. That's because Tennessee Titans claimed Alex Tanney off the Colts practice squad and Griff Whalen, the team's emergency quarterback, was placed on injured reserve Monday. Andrew Luck has already been ruled out for the game.

There's one player on the team's roster who is ready to play quarterback if necessary.

Punter Pat McAfee. He tweeted about it Monday.

McAfee was the Colts' emergency quarterback until they gave Whalen that role. It's not surprising McAfee is volunteering his quarterbacking skills. He's already one of the best punters in the NFL and he wants the opportunity to kick field goals at some point in his career.

McAfee showed off his quarterbacking skills last season when he threw a perfect pass to Dewey McDonald on a fake punt against Dallas in Week 16 last. The ball, though, went right through McDonald's hands.

"He throws pretty good," Colts coach Chuck Pagano joked about McAfee. "We'll get him ready, we'll give him a couple plays. Go wildcat and direct snap, single-wing. We're putting together some stuff right now."