Thursday, August 15, 2013
Starters to play longer against the Giants
By Mike Wells
ANDERSON, Ind. -- It likely won't be one or two series and done for quarterback Andrew Luck and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts' starters against the New York Giants on Sunday.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who, like owner Jim Irsay, wasn't happy with the performance in the team's preseason opener, plans to play his starters longer.
How long will be determined by how the game is going.
It could be a half or it could be shorter for Luck depending on if the offense sustains a couple of long drives.
"If it turns out to be a half, that’d be great" Pagano said. "But if we have two or three drives started out that are seven-, eight-, nine-play drives, which you hope for and we get 25-30 snaps, then he might not play. A lot of that depends on how the game goes."
The Colts struggled across the board -- defensively, special teams and taking care of the ball -- in their 24-point loss to the Bills.
Luck played two series -- 10 plays -- against the Bills.
"Unfortunately they came out with a little bit more sense of urgency than we did," Colts defensive lineman Robert Mathis said. "I've been around 11 years and preseason is about seeing who can play, who can play together as a unit. It's kind of a crawl, walk, run kind of deal."
The Colts will be shorthanded again when they face the Giants.
Free safety LaRon Landry (knee) hasn't practiced in more than a week, so he's not expected to play. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and linebacker Pat Angerer (foot) aren't ready to play yet after just being added to the active roster earlier this week.
Tight end Dwayne Allen (foot) is also out and fellow tight end Coby Fleener (concussion) still has to get cleared to play in a game.
"Yeah, I think anytime you miss any of those guys," Pagano said when asked about being concerned over their injury situation. "Just as far as continuity, communication, all those things, working together. You're trying to get that unit, all 11 projected starters together and playing together as much as you can. It sets you back a little bit."