Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Don't expect to see Luck against Cincinnati
By Mike Wells
INDIANAPOLIS – If coach Chuck Pagano’s comments are any indication, you shouldn’t expect to see quarterback Andrew Luck or any other of the Indianapolis Colts’ key players on the field when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in their preseason finale on Thursday.
“We’d like to get everybody significant amount of reps,” Pagano said. “Some guys will get less than other guys and there might be a few cases where a guy won’t play at all."
Pagano later added that playing time will be based on age and health.
What about Luck, coach?
“If he gets a series, that would be great. If he gets nothing, that would be great,” Pagano said.
That sure sounds like Luck will be on the sideline wearing a baseball cap and sipping out of a Gatorade cup during the game Thursday.
Luck played one series and threw one pass in the preseason finale last year as a rookie. The Colts won’t get anything out of him doing the same thing this year.
It’ll be a good thing if players like Luck, Reggie Wayne, Robert Mathis and Cory Redding don’t play against the Bengals.
There’s no need for them to. They’ve already proven they’re ready for the regular season. Luck went 29-of-44 for 322 yds, four touchdowns and an interception during the preseason.
Thursday is about the borderline players making one final run at the 53-man roster. Players like Caesar Rayford, Griff Whalen and Kerwynn Williams should get a significant amount of playing time.