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Quinn Offers Praise for Colts QB Hasselbeck

The Atlanta Falcons came back from their bye week ready to work at the practice facilities in Flowery Branch. Here are photos of practice during Week 11.

With Andrew Luck sidelined due to a lacerated kidney and abdominal tear, the Indianapolis Colts will likely turn to Matt Hasselbeck Sunday in Atlanta. Despite his advanced age, the three-time Pro Bowler, now 40 years old, appears to still be a legitimate NFL quarterback.

Dan Quinn, whose first stint with the Seahawks overlapped Hasselbeck's time in Seattle, agrees.

"I think the thing that jumps of is the guy's football smarts," the head coach said of Hasselbeck. "He's got an ability to anticipate really well—knows what's coming, knows where to put it. The fact that he's doing it as long as he has speaks to the competitor in him, as well."

Hasselbeck has made two appearances this year and has completed 48 of 76 passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions—good for a 95.0 pass rating. Due to eight dropped passes, an argument can be made that he's been even better than those numbers.

On Oct. 8 he beat the Houston Texans, 16-13, while dealing with flu-like symptoms; a week earlier he took down the Jacksonville Jaguars in relief of Luck. Clearly Hasselbeck still has what it takes to win in the NFL, and Atlanta, now looking to rebound from two straight losses, will not be able to take him lightly.

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