Josh Freeman to the rescue?

The Indianapolis Colts, in dire needs of adding depth to their depleted quarterback situation, signed the former first-round pick on Tuesday.

The team also promoted linebacker Amarlo Herrera to the active roster from the practice squad, signed guard Kitt O'Brien to the practice squad and placed Josh McNary on injured reserve.

That means the Colts now have two healthy quarterbacks on their roster – Freeman and Stephen Morris, signed last week off the Eagles practice squad – and two more that are nursing injuries. Starter Andrew Luck is still not cleared to return after lacerating his kidney in early November, and Matt Hasselbeck, who suffered a Grade 1 shoulder separation in Sunday's win in Miami, is doubtful to return this week.

In all likelihood, the decision of whom to start at quarterback on Sunday will come down to either Morris or Freeman, two players who haven't even spent a full week with the Colts.

Yes, that's how bad it's gotten this season

The Colts placed backup Charlie Whitehurst on injured reserve Monday. With the signing of Freeman, that means the Colts have had eight different quarterbacks on the active roster or practice squad this season.

On Monday, Colts coach Chuck Pagano was asked Monday if Freeman, who worked out for the team, could start Sunday: “I don’t know. We’ll see how the week goes. If we go down that road, we’ll have to prepare both guys obviously. Decide who gets the lion’s share of the reps and then I’ll be able to give you more information because we haven’t done anything to this point so I can’t give you a logical answer yet.”