Colts starters to get extended time Saturday

August, 20, 2013
8/20/13
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Saturday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns will be the closest thing to a regular-season game for the Indianapolis Colts.

The starters will likely play the entire first half and probably a series or two into the third quarter after some adjustments are made at halftime.
“Again, depending on how many plays we play will determine how we handle that situation,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “We always take it case-by-base. If we got a veteran guy that is over a number that we’ve deemed from a play count before the half, then we likely get a guy out.”

One player you won’t see Saturday -- and possibly at all in the preseason -- is running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw practiced in full pads for the first time in training camp Tuesday. The Colts continue to take a cautious approach with him as he works his way back from offseason foot surgery.

“In a perfect world, that’d be great,” Pagano said when asked about having Bradshaw play in the preseason. “He is a pro. He understands what it takes to be ready once the season opener hits on [Sept. 8 against Oakland]. If we get that, that’s a bonus. If not, I’m not worried about it.”

Injury update:
  • Tight end Dwayne Allen (foot), offensive lineman Hugh Thornton (ankle), defensive lineman Fili Moala (knee) and receiver Griff Whalen (groin) practiced in full pads Tuesday. Receiver LaVon Brazill wore a walking boot on his right foot during practice. Linebacker Lawrence Sidbury is getting a second opinion on his injured (shoulder).

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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