CANTON, Ohio – During training camp practices when Justin Durant looked to his side he saw Sean Lee and Bruce Carter lining up with him at linebacker. In Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game against Miami, Durant was with Caleb McSurdy and Ernie Sims.
In fact, Durant was the only healthy projected starter to see any snaps against the Dolphins. He played a handful of series before calling it a night.
“Hey, that’s just what it is,” Durant said. “The coaches called on me to play, I played. I didn’t think about it. That’s kind of crazy that it is, but that’s not something on my mind. I’m here to work. I’m here to play.”
Durant was actually hoping to get more work than he did after getting on the field.
“But the coaches said we’ll only get a few plays,” Durant said.
The only other projected starters to play were offensive tackles Tyron Smith and Doug Free, who played one series. Center Travis Frederick played nearly the whole game, splitting time at guard in the second half.
Cornerback Morris Claiborne said the playing-time assignments were doled out a couple of hours before the game at the team hotel.
“I’m looking forward to (the Oakland game on Friday),” Claiborne said. “I can’t wait. I was ready to get this one here, but we didn’t play. It’s probably for the best to let the young guys get in there and run around and have some fun.”