The Colts have signed an insurance quarterback to their roster, adding to the uncertainty about Andrew Luck‘s status for this weekend. According to Kevin Bowen of Colts.com (via Twitter), quarterback Josh Johnson has signed with the team, with cornerback Shaun Prater being waived to create a roster opening.
Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported yesterday that Luck, who is battling a shoulder issue, is considered “legitimately questionable” to play on Sunday vs. the Jaguars, and today’s roster move shows that the Colts are concerned about their franchise QB’s availability. If Luck can’t go, veteran backup Matt Hasselbeck would get the start against Jacksonville, with Johnson serving as his backup.
Johnson, 29, spent time with the 49ers in 2014 after serving as Andy Dalton‘s backup for the Bengals in 2013. All in all, the veteran hasn’t seen much time on the field in recent years, seeing no active game duty in 2014 and a total of three games since 2012. He spent some time with the Bengals and Jets this summer before being cut by both teams.
Johnson is the second quarterback the Colts have added to the mix this week — the team also signed Alex Tanney to its practice squad on Tuesday.