Colts promote a third quarterback

We’re not sure what Rex Ryan found under his tree on Friday morning, but we do know that his fondest Christmas wish was facing a Colts team without Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne and assorted other stars.

The Colts made a roster move Saturday that might make Ryan feel a little better about whether he landed on Santa’s naughty or nice list. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Colts promoted quarterback Drew Willy from the practice squad, a move that gives them three quarterbacks for Sunday’s game with the win-or-else Jets.

Willy was a four-year starter at the University of Buffalo but went undrafted in April. He was with the Ravens in training camp, failed to make the final cut and was signed to the Colts’ practice squad earlier this month.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell hasn’t offered any insight into his specific plans for playing time for starting players on his 14-0 team over the final two weeks. You could read between the lines and decide that Caldwell wants to have a backup for Curtis Painter on the roster because he plans to use Painter against the Jets. Or you could decide that he wants to make use of the emergency quarterback spot in case of, you know, an emergency.