Indianapolis leaves 3 injured players behind, but Luck heads home for Houston game

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INDIANAPOLIS — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck made the trip to Houston but three of his teammates stayed home.

Team officials said linebackers Jerrell Freeman and Bjoern Werner and running back Tyler Varga did not travel Wednesday. None of the three practiced this week. Freeman is out with a groin injury, Werner has an injured hamstring and Varga will miss his second straight game with a concussion.

The bigger question has been Luck, who was limited in practice this week with an injured right shoulder.

He missed his first pro game Sunday, ending a streak of 57 consecutive starts including playoffs. Luck said Tuesday he is preparing to start.

If he can't go, 40-year-old Matt Hasselbeck probably would. Hasselbeck missed Tuesday's practice because of illness.


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